The premature passing of an Affiliate Justice of the USA Supreme Courtroom is a significant nationwide occasion with large ramifications that warrants topmost information protection. MRC Latino’s newest examine reveals, nonetheless, that the nation’s main Spanish-language networks discovered the passing of a liberal icon to be rather more newsworthy than that of a conservative stalwart.
As seen within the chart under, MRC Latino assessed the protection given by Univision, Telemundo, and CNN En Español to the respective passings of Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Our examine reveals that inside a 7-day interval of their passing, Justice Ginsburg drew properly over four instances as a lot protection from the Spanish-language networks as did Justice Scalia. That is 83 minutes and 36 seconds for Ginsburg, versus 17 minutes and 48 seconds for Scalia.
On the time of Justice Scalia’s passing, the networks had been preoccupied with Pope Francis’ go to to Mexico, which drew prime billing for fairly a number of days. Sadly, the networks did not make a lot of an effort to regulate their protection to mirror the gravity of Scalia’s passing. What’s extra, protection of Scalia’s passing was primarily dedicated to analyses of what potential rulings on DACA and different points may appear to be with an Obama-nominated successor. In different phrases, the networks went straight to what was finest for enterprise. There was little reflection, if any, on Scalia’s jurisprudence, his impression, or his opinions (and dissents) on problems with significance to the Hispanic neighborhood, reminiscent of abortion, the free train of faith, amongst others.
In distinction, Justice Ginsburg did not simply draw extra coverage- she drew glowing protection that bordered on hagiography. A lot of her posthumous protection was framed round her opinions on DACA and different immigration instances. Anchors made certain to border Ginsburg as a “pal to immigrants” and “champion of equality” at each flip, whereas deemphasizing her report on abortion. Univision, particularly, went as far as to seek out RBG’s immigrant housekeeper for an unique interview. Analyses of how President Trump would fill the emptiness created by Ginsburg’s passing had been framed across the nonexistent Ultimate Want Clause of Article II of the Structure of the USA, and on how a Trump nominee may rule on DACA, Obamacare, abortion, gun management, and different liberal coverage points pricey to Spanish-language media.
The notion of a liberal slant inside U.S. Spanish-language media shouldn’t be a brand new one, as our 5-year examine conclusively confirmed. The premature passing of two Affiliate Justices to the USA Supreme Courtroom proves that not a lot has modified since.
Methodology: In getting ready this examine, MRC Latino reviewed protection given on Univision and Telemundo’s 6:30 PM newscasts, and CNN En Español’s Directo USA weekday newscast, in the course of the 7 days that adopted the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, respectively.
Many because of MRC Latino analyst Kathleen Krumhansl and MRC Latino interns Sebastian Aquino and María Bello for his or her contributions to this examine.