At least four Republican presidential candidates are threatening to boycott a proposed Univision debate following allegations that the Spanish-language network tried to bully Sen. Marco Rubio into consenting to an interview.
Fox News has confirmed that Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman plan to sit out the Jan. 29 debate unless the network “resolves” the issue.
The decision comes after three Florida Hispanic GOP lawmakers wrote an open letter calling for a boycott unless the network apologizes.
The Miami Herald first reported that Univision is accused of trying to lure Rubio into an interview by offering to tone down or kill a story on his brother-in-law’s decades-old drug arrest. A Rubio aide described the article to Fox News as “accurate,” and said it was Univision employees who spoke to the Herald.
“Univision employees themselves were the first to come forward with this account, and we confirm it,” said Rubio Communications Director Alex Burgos.
I’ll give our guys half credit for at least noticing Univision’s nefarious actions, but they also need to take to heart the old adage: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
How do they think Univision can “resolve” the issue of blackmail? Pinky promise not to do it again? Apologize? Fire everyone in the organization and start from scratch? Well, OK, that last one might work.
By this action, Univision should be persona non grata with regard to any GOP activities. No interviews, no debates, no tips, nothing. Cut off. They are the enemy of all things in which we believe.
Our guys need to learn this lesson: The Demedia is your enemy. They will never give you a fair interview, a fair debate, a fair shake. They will lie, cheat and steal to defeat you and everything you hold dear.
If you are going to reach the masses, you need to get yourself to the Hinderlands and give an interview to the local newspaper. You need to get on the local TV station and explain your agenda to the American people. Force the NY/DC Demedia to get all their news about you from reading other newspapers. They’re still going to twist what you say, but which source will your voters read and believe? Go local, young man, go local.