Univision’s latest two-half report on the plight of displaced Puerto Ricans in Central Florida falls flat, largely, because of its transparently brazen effort to indicate tragedy throughout the aftermath of Hurricane Maria proper right into a political commodity.
The closing time we took uncover of neighborhood correspondent Lourdes Del Río, she was in Puerto Rico submitting a puff piece on the unconventional, separatist mayor of San Juan. Del Río now finds herself in Central Florida, significantly, Orlando and Kissimmee – home to a number of Americans that found themselves displaced by the monster storm.
During the two-half report which aired on Edición Nocturna (Univision’s late-evening time newscast), Del Río spoke to plenty of displaced households, along with a sociologist from the University of Central Florida. Despite the reality that the displaced households talked about their factors with FEMA, no elected officers have been interviewed for this story.
Instead, for the partisan portion of the interview, Del Río turned to Maritza Sanz of Latino Leadership, who had this to say in closing:
LOURDES DEL RIO, UNIVISION CORRESPONDENT: Maritza Sanz has been concerned with recently arrived Puerto Ricans from Day One.
MARITZA SANZ, LATINO LEADERSHIP: The very very first thing they will let you understand sometimes is as soon as they communicate regarding the humiliation that they felt. “You know, we’re humiliated because of how this President treated us. Now we’ll be able to tell him how we felt when he threw the paper towels at us.”
DEL RIO: The course of for activating these Puerto Ricans so that they register and vote will doubtless be prolonged and tedious. But when it bears fruit, there no one will doubt the creation of a political drive that can doubtless be troublesome to ignore. In Orlando, Florida: Lourdes Del Rio, Univision.
The entire story was constructed throughout the premise of a future large blue wave fueled by Puerto Rican evacuees in Central Florida, and Sanz’ remarks are central to that premise (under no circumstances ideas the documented eyewitness refutation of the presidential paper towel toss). But the problem is that Del Río actually spoke to plenty of evacuee households for the report, and none have been confirmed to harbor the outrages that Sanz describes. Couldn’t Del Río have found some evacuees to elucidate the “humiliations” that Sanz so eagerly locations of their mouths?
Voter registration figures in Central Florida suggest that newly-arrived Puerto Ricans are additional concerned with rebuilding their lives than being was Democratic electoral chatte l- an inconvenient indisputable fact that seems to have escaped Del Río.
Instead of trying to prop up a narrative in service of an agenda, Del Río could have gone into the group, spoken to native enterpreneurs along with elected officers, and truly conveyed to Univision’s viewers a manner for what’s de facto happening on the underside.
In some methods, it is solely changing into that Univision’s graphics division listed Del Río as reporting from Miami in its place of Orlando. Univision’s reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria is affected by its lack of capacity to see previous its nostril.