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Report: GOP Ignoring Univision Over Trump Coverage

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Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia)

By    |   Monday, 27 Mar 2017 12:47 PM

Anchor Enrique Acevedo, who claims the GOP has shunned his network, said "Republicans have already built the wall around Univision."

"It's happened more since the inauguration. It's harder to get access to Republicans than it is to get access to Democrats and I understand why that is. Republicans think they have more to lose going on Univision," Acevedo told Politico, noting great difficulty in trying to book GOP senators such as Ted Cruz of Texas, John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida.

"If we get an answer, which is an exception, the answer is: 'It's a busy week, they're not doing media,' and then we see them on Fox or CNN."

Acevedo added: "They can ignore us at their own peril but it's a disservice to the 55 million Latinos who want to hear form their members of Congress regardless of affiliation and they deserve to hear from them."

Despite a challenge from rival network Telemundo, Univision remains the Spanish-language leader, averaging 850,000 viewers aged 18-49, according to Media Life Magazine. 

Though many Republican staffers maintain that they do not consciously avoid Univision requests, one anonymous aide admitted that, "When you have a face like Jorge Ramos who's an activist — he's an activist, openly — it changes the whole network."

Ramos, the presenter of Al Punto and Univision News and the network's biggest draw, sparred with President Donald Trump several times during his campaign, and was vocal in his distaste for Trump's rhetoric about immigrants and Latinos.

"It's not even opinion versus news, it's activism versus reporting. He's their figurehead, the most well-known personality, so people are hesitant to go on the activist network," the aide said.

Another unnamed aide agreed, admitting that "we hesitate to give additional access to Univision because they have never in the past been fair."

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Anchor Enrique Acevedo, who claims the GOP has shunned his network, said "Republicans have already built the wall around Univision."
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