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Monday September 9, 2013

Univision Pissed: Obama Snubs Top Spanish-Language Network Doesn’t Grant Syria Interview

Univision Pissed: Obama Snubs Top Spanish-Language Network Doesn’t Grant Syria Interview

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President Obama is trying to get the word out to everyone and anyone on the situation in Syria and his desire for a limited intervention.  To that end he has scheduled six interviews tonight on some of the largest news and cable networks.  He will be addressing the nation tomorrow night.

So what about taking your message to the largest Spanish-language network in the country?  No not so and Univision is pissed about it especially news anchor Jorge Ramos.

The President is scheduled to speak with news anchors from ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS and Fox News.  Nada for the top Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo (owned by NBC). 

Ramos expressed his frustration with the oversight on Twitter.  He tweeted “Pres. Obama gives 6 interviews today. None of those to Univision. Why? Hispanics also care about Syria. Same mistake as presidential debates.”  Ramos is referring to the 2012 presidential elections when there was not a presidential debate on the Spanish language networks or around Hispanic issues. 

The President and his staff must of forgotten that Univision had a larger audience than all English-language networks during critical sweeps month this past July.

Meanwhile the network itself issued a statement saying they were “disappointed” over the exclusion noting that “What happens in Syria is important to Univision News’ audience.  As the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. the decisions that are made by our government on issues like this one have a direct impact in their lives and their future.”