In a segment on Sunday’s edition of weekly political affairs show Al Punto, senior anchor Jorge Ramos twice pushed the lie that President Donald Trump has not denounced white nationalism generally, or the proud boys specifically. Watch below at his setup of Ilia Calderón’s interview with Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, his first question to New York Times economic reporter Eduardo Porter in a subsequent segment, and Trump’s Thursday night denunciation on Hannity, subtitled in Spanish for benefit of those who depend on Univision for news and wouldn’t get to see it otherwise:
JORGE RAMOS (AL PUNTO, 10/4/2020): During the past presidential debate, Donald Trump made reference to a group called “Proud Boys”. The president did not condemn them.
RAMOS: The issue is, without a doubt, one of the most important at this time. You and I, as did many, as did millions, saw the last presidential debate. What does it mean that the current president, Donald Trump, does not want to denounce white supremacists in the United States? What’s going on? It’s 2020.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP (HANNITY, 10/1/2020): I’ve said it many times, and let me be clear again. I condemn the KKK, I condemn all white supremacists, I condemn the Proud Boys. I don’t know much about the Proud Boys, almost nothing, but I condemn that. But he should condemn also Antifa. Antifa is a horrible group of people. They kill people- what they do to people — they are causing insurrection, they’re causing riots. He doesn’t want to do that, but the press doesn’t go after him. And that’s a really bad group of people. But I condemn them. If I say it 100… if I say it 100 times, it won’t be enough because it’s fake news.
There are two flaming lies in that brief intro. The first- that Trump brought up the Proud Boys. In fact it was Biden, as he was interrupting Trump’s response to moderator Chris Wallace. The second lie, the big one, is that Trump has never denounced- or condemned white supremacists.
Interview segments for Al Punto are usually pre-recorded. The show is usually put together on Friday and Saturday, and Ramos will often host live if the news cycle warrants it (for example, during the aftermath of the initial rioting subsequent to the death of George Floyd). There was no reason to exclude Trump’s statement on Hannity except to further the corporate narrative of the Bad Orange Racist, thus stoking the grievances of viewers eligible to vote.
As we saw with Ramos’ shameful interview of actor, pro-life activist and Latinos for Trump member Eduardo Verástegui, the truth takes a back seat to partisan point-making.
History has already recorded the descent of news media into collective madness, and its devolution into partisan propaganda. Unfortunately for the Hispanic community, Univision was already there long ago.
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