Jorge Ramos’ Colleagues Owe Him An Apology


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As Lewis Carroll may have put it, the Donald J. Trump phenomenon gets curiouser and curiouser. At one time the media were all over Trump for comments he made regarding FOX News’ Megyn Kelly. The journalistic wagons were circled, competitors stood up for Kelly. Trump was the bad guy.

The journalistic wagons were circled, competitors stood up for Kelly. Trump was the bad guy.

In the wake of Trump’s comments a few weeks ago on illegal immigrants and in particular Mexicans that were seen as offensive, several organizations severed ties with him. One of those was Univision, which had aired Trump’s Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

Fast forward to yesterday. Trump is addressing the media in Dubuque, Iowa when Univision anchor and journalist Jorge Ramos stands up to ask a question. Trump tells him to sit down as he has not been called upon to ask. Ramos continues to ask about immigration. Trump tells him to “go back to Univision”. Trump then looks to his left, evidently at one of his aides who then goes over to Ramos and forces him out of the room.

Given Trump’s relationship with the media in general, this is not terribly surprising. And he did eventually allow Ramos back into the news conference, and took his question. What has me flummoxed is the reaction of Ramos’ media colleagues.

Could a candidate chucking out a respected journalist for asking a question be anything but harmful to his campaign?

You would think that a photo of a candidate having a respected journalist ejected from a news conference for asking a question would be fodder for cries of freedom of the press. But no. My observation of the many talking heads and analysts leads me to believe that the consensus is that Ramos was in the wrong. He, of course, feels abandoned.

I understand that under normal circumstances Ramos should have waited until he was called upon, but with the situation between Trump and Univision, including at least one lawsuit, is it realistic to believe he would have ever been given the chance to ask a question?

There was some debate as to whether this incident would harm or help Trump’s cause. Really? Could a candidate chucking out a respected journalist for asking a question be anything but harmful to his campaign?

I believe Señor Ramos’ colleagues owe him an apology.

 

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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