While appearing on Sunday’s edition of Fox News’ “MediaBuzz,” contributor Juan Williams referred to Univision’s Jorge Ramos as the “Walter Cronkite of Spanish language media” in the United States, Newsbusters reported. Williams, however, admitted that Ramos is “not a reporter” even though he provided cover for the outspoken Univision presenter who was recently ejected from a press event for Donald Trump.
“Jorge Ramos is no reporter,” he said. “So, let’s not equate him with a reporter. He is the Walter Cronkite of Spanish language media in this country. He is the star journalist and he has a certain weight on issues of immigration specifically when he says that to his community this amounts to racism, discrimination, and oppression.”
Republican commentator Mercedes Schlapp, however, rejected Williams’ characterization of Ramos. “It is very clear that Jorge Ramos when he gets on air, it is very much an opinion on where he stands on immigration and like Howie said, I mean, he went on a tirade with Trump,” she said. “And he’s made it a point that he basically says on issues of racial discrimination, he believes that journalism should have a point of view and they should be very vocal about it.”
Williams tried to compare Ramos to prime-time hosts at Fox who engage in opinion journalism, but the Washington Examiner’s Susan Ferrechio corrected him. Sean Hannity, she said, “is the host of a TV show—he’s not sitting in the audience of a press conference asking questions the way Jorge Ramos was and he was also interrupting, Jorge Ramos, other reporters…”
Ramos has also engaged in what some see as “stalking.” As we reported last Friday, Ramos admitted “hunting” Donald Trump for some time before confronting him in Iowa. He also compared Trump to Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro and accused the GOP candidate of unleashing the “demons” of discrimination and racism. Additionally, Ramos told his Colombian host and another radio personality from Spain that he intended to unmask Trump to show the world who he really is. Audio of the Spanish-language interview can be heard here.
Cronkite served as the nightly news anchor for CBS until his retirement in 1981. According to Biography.com, he was known for his honesty, impartiality, level-headedness, and his nightly sign-off: “And that’s the way it is.” We were not able to locate any incident in which Cronkite “hunted” anyone for the purpose of unmasking them or harming them politically.