Billionaire and Univision owner Haim Saban is supporting Hillary Clinton for president, donating $10 million to her super PAC and apparently using the Hispanic TV network to support her campaign, according to Bloomberg.
Saban, an Israeli-American and chairman of Univision, the Spanish-language TV network and media company, endowed a think tank at Brookings Institute, now called the Center for Middle East Policy. In the entertainment world, he owns the superhero characters "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers."
According to Bloomberg, Saban aims to take Univision public, which coincides with his Clinton support and his company claims it is "the gateway to Hispanic America," and those voters turned out to get Barack Obama elected, reports Bloomberg.
Univision reaches 40 million Hispanic viewers each month and its top news anchor Jorge Ramos has become an adversary of Republican candidate Donald Trump.
After Trump started his campaign with his promise to build a Mexican border wall, Univision canceled its plans to show his Miss USA pageant. The next month, Trump had Ramos removed from a conference when Ramos questioned his immigration policies.
Ramos has received criticism for being a Trump antagonist. Alfonso Aguilar, head of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles said Ramos "doesn't realize that if you're a hard news reporter, you cannot give opinion."
Univision hosted a Democratic primary debate, promoted a concert along the U.S.-Mexican border, and sought to register 3 million Latino voters.
Bloomberg credited Saban for recognizing the value of a network focused on Hispanics, viewers who have a bond with the network. Univision's CEO Randy Falcon said "they call us to find out where to send their kids to school, what the best hospitals are to send their kids if they get sick. They've actually called us when their houses are on fire."
The Federal Communications Commission would have to approve Saban's plan to expand ownership of Univision. Clinton is likely to allow it, according to media analyst Porter Bibb.
Conservative watchdog Jorge Bonilla sees Univision as strictly pro-Clinton.
"When you look at the softball interviews that have been given to Hillary Clinton over the last couple of years and Haim Saban's public statements, it is very evident that the network is committed to the election of Hillary Clinton," Bonilla said.
The Washington Post reported that WikiLeaks published hacked emails that show Saban urging the Clinton campaign to promote Trump's anti-Hispanic views.
In a different message, Saban said, "I never tell our news dep. what to cover . . . unlike some of my peers," apparently directing a slam at networks such as Fox News.
In other emails from Saban in the WikiLeaks hack, The Daily Caller reported that Saban urged the Clinton campaign to differentiate itself from President Barack Obama's Israel policies.
"Let's not allow them to steal the Jewish vote from us," he wrote, referring to Republicans.
According to Bloomberg, Saban rejected the idea that Univision favors Clinton and pointed out that Univision anchor Ramos, started a primary debate by asking Clinton if she would drop out if she were indicted over her emails.
"I am supportive of Hillary, but I don't tell this guy what to say," Saban said.
Republicans dispute Saban's claim that he does not influence Univision's news coverage. Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer told Bloomberg, "He has been quoted as saying he will do everything in his power to get Hillary Clinton elected. I take him at his word."
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