Jorge Ramos is the leading advocate for liberal activist journalism in U.S. Hispanic media. For nearly 30 years, Ramos has been pushing his liberal agenda – for amnesty, sanctuary cities, gun control and a host of other causes – from his news anchor chair at Univision, America’s leading Spanish-language television network. In 2013, Ramos expanded his platform to Fusion, Univision’s English-language sister network.
In his coverage of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, Ramos has now decided to openly take the side of Hillary Clinton and speak out publicly against Donald Trump. In a recent Time column, he encouraged other journalists to do the same. He repeated this on The Kelly File on August 25, 2016.
With Univision nightly news anchor Jorge Ramos now openly taking sides in the U.S. presidential election, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued a statement on August 26, calling on Univision to remove America’s best known Hispanic newsman from the network’s nightly news anchor desk. Bozell has since challenged Ramos to a debate at a venue of his convenience about the proper role of journalists and the media in our society.
By his open electioneering on the air, Jorge Ramos has rendered himself incapable of serving as a credible, impartial news anchor for Univision’s millions of viewers. He is doing a great disservice both to his viewers and the journalistic profession by continuing to present himself as anything other than a liberal political activist.
Jorge Ramos, the veteran anchorman of Univision's principal nightly news program, recently decided to cross a significant line in his coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign. Specifically, Ramos has decided to break with established journalistic election coverage norms, and is now openly opposing the election of Donald Trump.
The issue created by Ramos' action as Univision's lead news anchor has nothing to do with the relative merits of Donald Trump as a presidential candidate, but everything to do with the unprofessional precedent Jorge Ramos is attempting to set for journalists and how they cover electoral politics.
Elections are matters of utmost public importance. Journalists have a responsibility to report on them with as much impartiality, independence and fairness as they can possibly muster. At the end of the day, it is up to an honestly informed electorate to make their own decisions about the relative merits of the candidates and who they wish to vote for.
It is the duty of journalists to help voters in this process, through accurate, comprehensive and unaligned reporting. It is certainly not the job of journalists to tell citizens either who to vote against or who to vote for. Yet, as has been repeatedly documented in recent weeks by the Media Research Center, Univision's Jorge Ramos is deliberately doing exactly that, and continues to do so. This situation merits swift corrective action.
In support of the interests of both Univision’s audience and the capacity of the network itself to serve as an impartial and credible source of news, we the undersigned therefore respectfully call on Univision to remove Jorge Ramos, effective immediately, from his duties as the network's nightly news anchor from now through Election Day, November 8, 2016.