As the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court draws ever closer to Senate confirmation, it is important to note that the nation’s leading Spanish-language network has severely underreported the current court-packing debate. The only reasonable explanation for such coverage is a Supreme Court packed by Democrats is also in Univision’s best business interests.
There has been no discussion of the issue whatsoever, except to elicit this response from the Sandinista mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio:
JORGE RAMOS: You openly support Vice President Biden for the White House. And this is what happened on Thursday during a town hall meeting.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: If they vote and before the election, you are open to expanding the court?.
JOE BIDEN: I’m open to considering what happens from that point on.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You said so many times during the campaign, all through the course of your career, it’s important to level…
BIDEN: It is, but George, if I say, no matter what answer I gave you. If I say it, that’s the headline tomorrow. It won’t be about what’s going on now. The improper way they’re proceeding.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But don’t voters have a right to know where you stand.
BIDEN: They do have a right to know where I stand. I have a right to know where I stand before they vote.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you’ll come out with a clear position before Election Day?.
BIDEN: Yes. Depending on how they handle this.
RAMOS: Mayor, do you think Biden is making a mistake by not answering that question?
BILL DE BLASIO: No, I think he’s actually being very methodical. Jorge look, if the right thing happens and the Senate does not act or cannot put together the votes and the people actually get to decide in an election that’s just a few weeks away. There’s no reason then to have, in my opinion, a discussion about increasing the Supreme Court. If we can have a fair process to choose the next justice, we can leave the court with the same numbers it has. But if instead, the Republican majority violates any sense of decency and democracy and forces through this nomination, and now we have a Supreme Court that is unrepresentative of our democratic process, well, then it’s a very valid idea to say we should consider adding justices. So, I think the vice president saying, you know what, if Barrett doesn’t go through, different discussion, but if she does, then we have to think about adding justices.
Ramos then moves on to polling, and to whether there could be a repeat of 2016. In other words, de Blasio was able to speak freely on the issue with no pushback or Republican counterpoint. Ramos had a subsequent segment with a Republican, Adolfo Franco, but their segment was spent squabbling over immigration and court-packing never came up.
Franco would have, in all likelihood, rebutted de Blasio’s demagoguery of the Supreme Court, and pointed out the constitutionality of Barrett’s nomination. This omission, therefore, strikes us as intentional.
As we’ve previously mentioned, Univision stands to benefit from a packed court. An expanded Supreme Court with added liberal justices can be relied upon to hand down rulings favorable to Univision’s interests on immigration (such as DACA or DAPA), as well as on the rest of the liberal policy pu-pu platter such as abortion, gun control, or issues related to the free exercise of religion.
To present de Blasio’s take without any other offset or pushback is in fact an editorial decision. Univision wants a packed court.
LifeNews Note: Jorge Bonilla is Staff Writer for MRC Culture at the Media Research Center where this originally appeared.