Hispanic Policy Adviser: Rubio Smear Means Big Problems at Univision

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 05:07 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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A top policy adviser on Latin American and Hispanic issues says a Univision employee’s shocking rant against Sen. Marco Rubio shows serious troubles at the highest levels of the Spanish-language television network.

“At the executive news level, there is clearly a culture problem,’’ Carlos Curbelo, who served as Sen. George LeMieux’s advisor, told Steve Malzberg on Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.’’

“Employees feel empowered and free to go on social media and make these kinds of statements about someone who’s delivering the Republican response to the president’s State of the Union.

“This a Hispanic network. You’d figure even if they don’t agree with Rubio on everything, they’d be pretty proud and happy of the fact that a Hispanic American would have this precious opportunity. Yet, it appears that they’re trying to do everything they can to undermine him.’’

Angelica Artiles — an executive assistant to Univision Vice President of News Daniel Coronell —went on the Facebook page of Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos and allegedly called the senator a “loser” and a “token slave boy,’’ according to the Miami Herald.

“Oh. Wow, the loser is going to speak after our President . . . Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favor and stay home that night,” the jaw-dropping missive allegedly said.

Curbelo, a member of the Miami-Dade School Board, told Malzberg, it is not the first time Univision has picked on Rubio.

“These are the same folks that ran a story, if we can call it a story, about a year ago, talking about Rubio’s brother-in-law who has a run-in with the law when Rubio was a teenager over 25 years ago. So is there an agenda there? Yeah,’’ Curbelo said.

The Herald said that Univision had no comment.

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