On Wednesday afternoon, Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, issued a statement condemning Univision’s Jorge Ramos for his behavior at a press conference held by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Ramos was booted from the conference for a time after disrupting the event and speaking out of turn.
“Jorge Ramos is a pro-amnesty activist masquerading as a journalist,” Bozell said. “The stunt he pulled at Donald Trump’s press conference reflects poorly on Univision — again. Ramos is not a ‘reporter’ nor does he therefore have the ‘right to ask questions.’ Ramos embarrassed both himself and his profession by becoming the story with his unseemly antics. Those who expect a fair and honest debate on the policy issues impacting the U.S. Latino community should ignore Jorge Ramos.”
Bozell was not alone in his harsh criticism of Ramos, who maintains he did nothing wrong. MRC Latino Director Ken Oliver-Mendez also condemned Ramos, Newsbusters said.
“At that press conference, Jorge Ramos clearly crossed the line between reporting and editorializing,” he said. “His behavior was more akin to that of the transgender amnesty activist who recently interrupted President Obama at the White House, rather than that of a professional reporter. He should know that to the extent he continues to ramp up his advocacy approach to the journalistic profession, he is operating outside the confines of honest journalism and his credibility will deservedly suffer as a result.”
Appearing on Fox News’ “The Kelly File,” Ramos laid the blame on Trump, essentially calling the media mogul a racist, lying dictator. “There are questions that need to be answered. And the problem is he’s not used to being questioned,” He told Kelly.
“He doesn’t like uncomfortable questions. It happened with you. It happened with your colleagues at FOX News,” he added. “He hates it when he’s being confronted. And, we have to ask those questions. I think as journalists, we have to take a stand when it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorships, and human rights. And when he’s speaking, when he’s speaking those really dangerous words, we have to confront him. That’s our job to ask tough questions.”
The problem, however, is that Ramos spent his time badgering and lecturing Trump rather than asking questions. Making matters worse, Ramos said in June that his daughter is an employee of the Clinton campaign. He expressed pride in her and claimed it would not impact his reporting.
“Like many reporters who have parents, siblings or other family members that are active in politics, this will not change how I approach my duty as a journalist,” he said. “I will continue to report with complete independence and ask the tough questions, the same way I have done for the last 30 years.”
But, Breitbart said at the time, “Ramos has long flaunted his extreme activism on the issue of immigration.” In an open letter to GOP lawmakers, he said that “Latinos have no choice” but to take any effort to enforce current immigration laws “personally.”
Moreover, in 2012, Ramos admitted being a citizen of both Mexico and the United States, participating in elections in both countries. “But I’ve never ceased to be Mexican,” he wrote on his blog. “I have two passports, and I vote in elections in both countries. I’m deeply proud of this privileged duality. The best thing about America is its embrace of diversity.”
The Los Angeles Times noted that dual citizenship with Mexico became legal in 1998. Ramos, however, said in 2012 that it has been 30 years since he first came to the United States. He did not say how long he has held both passports or participated in Mexican and U.S. elections, but the question needs to be asked.