UPDATE: The RNC has assured me that Univision will not have a debate.
Univision wants to have a forum of the Republican candidates. For the reasons below, I would ask that the Republican National Committee refuse to sanction that forum under the candidate debate rules.
First, Univision missed the boat. They never submitted a proposal to host a debate like all the other networks. That’s a simple fact. They should not now get to claim the RNC is refusing to host a Hispanic oriented debate when they could not even follow the rules and meet the deadlines everyone else, including Telemundo, met.
Second, Univision has been aggressively partisan against Republicans, including hatchet jobs on [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ]’s family and Jeb Bush’s family. That, frankly, is what makes the hatchet jobs so bad. Univision did not directly attack Rubio and Bush, but rather attacked family members. In Rubio’s case, it was his brother-in-law. In Bush’s case, it was his wife.
Third, the President of Content for Univision sent out an Instagram picture comparing Donald Trump to Dylann Roof, the Charleston, SC murderer.
Fourth, Jorge Ramos, who would undoubtedly be Univision’s debate moderator or highly influential on that debate moderator behind the scenes, has routinely attacked conservatives and the GOP. His daughter, Paola, is also working on Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Fifth, the primary shareholder in Univision is Haim Saban, one of Hillary Clinton’s biggest donors who has said he’d do anything to help her get elected.
Sixth, Univision has routinely embraced advocacy roles at the expense of fact based journalism. As [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ] noted, univision played an advocacy role in the Obamacare debates.
Seventh, if the Republican National Committee is willing to violate its own rules for Univision, how can they then deny other networks? Either the rules mean something or they don’t. Univision failed to meet the deadline and should not now be able to have a forum.
For the foregoing reasons, I think the RNC should not permit an official RNC forum on Univision and the Republican Presidential candidates should avoid it. A Democratic Party advocacy group, like Univision or MSNBC, should not get favorable treatment and one that cannot even comply with deadlines should absolutely not be given an exception to a firm rule.