If there’s one thing we can count on, just as certain as the sun rises from the East, it is that a Univisión Noticias staffer will at some point (to filch El SooperMexican’s term) go bath-salts crazy at the mere mention of El Senador Marco Antonio Rubio.
From the Miami Herald:
A top assistant to a Univisión news boss trashed Sen. Marco Rubio on his aide’s Facebook page, calling the Republican lawmaker a “loser” and “a token slave boy.”
It’s the latest attack in a lengthy feud between the Florida senator and the powerful Spanish-language network that conservatives charge is anti-GOP and anti-Rubio.
The latest incident began Wednesday night after Rubio’s spokesman, Alex Burgos, announced the high-profile Florida senator would give the GOP’s first-ever bilingual rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech.
That led Univisión employee Angelica Artiles to let loose a string of partisan criticisms.
“Oh. wow, the loser is going to speak after our President,” Artiles wrote on spokesman Alex Burgos’ Facebook page at 9:33 p.m. Wednesday. “Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favor and stay home that night.”
Sentiments like that reflect the prevailing political feeling among Univisión’s higher-ups at its Doral headquarters, say Univisión insiders. Artiles is executive assistant to Daniel Coronell, Univisión’s vice president of news.
- A Univisión Noticias social media staffer jumping into the thread covering (and promptly slamming) Rubio’s 2012 Republican Convention speech. Subsequent non-retraction here.
- The infamous “plata o plomo” incident.
Rubio emerged much stronger from the plata o plomo fiasco, which allowed him to face Jorge Ramos on his own terms. Univision Noticias’ behavior is a clear beacon that signaled to the rest of the MSM that it was okay to go after Rubio, as seen in the recent GQ interview and its “how old is the Earth” non-sequitur. Unable to vanquish Rubio, Noticias has no other option than to counterprogram with awesomely awesome and totally dreamy San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro (and Chris Dorner’s pick, by the way, to fill out the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket).
That this beef has been reduced to staffers taking social media potshots is reminiscent of Japanese holdouts in the Phillipines, still fighting 30 years after WWII had ended, and either totally oblivious to (or in utter denial of) the outcome of the war. Rubio is now a national figure that has won a statewide election, and who owes nothing to the preservation of a business model whose survival requires (a): a steady stream of unassimilated and uncultured immigrants, and (b): a raging sense of grievance in their children, whether or not they were born in the United States.
Now comes Rubio, unbroken, to deliver a bilingual SOTU response that cannot be filtered or framed, but must run as is, so that Hispanics can listen to the message in the man’s own words. This is what grates the most…they tried really hard, and failed. In the darkest corridors of government-media power, they already know this to be true…and they are terrified.