Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos thinks the media should put aside journalistic standards like neutrality and transparency when it comes to the 2016 presidential race.
Joe Concha from The Hill rightfully slammed Ramos’ article that was recently featured in Time Magazine and called upon journalists to cast “neutrality” aside.
“It doesn’t matter who you are — a journalist, a politician or a voter — we’ll all be judged by how we responded to Donald Trump,” Ramos wrote. “Like it or not, this election is a plebiscite on the most divisive, polarizing and disrupting figure in American politics in decades. And neutrality is not an option.”
Ramos elaborated on his comment about “neutrality,” on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” on Thursday.
Journalists can’t remain objective when “confronted with racism, discrimination, corruption, public life, dictatorships or violations of human rights,” Ramos told host Megyn Kelly.
“There are certain instances in which you have to take a stand,” he said, using as an example Kelly’s questioning of Trump about his comments on women last year. The Fox News host quickly pointed out that she was not taking a stand by raising the question.
“That was me asking a question,” she said. “I identified an issue, and thought it worthy of a question. It wasn’t ‘Here’s what Megyn Kelly thinks of you.'”
Ramos repeated that journalists have to “take a stand” and not be unbiased when confronted with what they perceive is racist or discriminatory.
“I don’t know if Donald Trump is a racist,” Ramos said. “I don’t know what’s in his head but I do know what’s coming out of his mouth.” He added that though Trump may not consider himself a racist, 73 percent of Latinos do.
“But 70 percent of the American public think Hillary Clinton is a liar,” Kelly fired back, asking if Clinton should then be identified as a liar by journalists every time she is mentioned in a story.
“You sort of go down the rabbit hole once you start injecting these judgments on the candidates as a journalist,” she said.
Undeterred, Ramos said it was the “social responsibility of journalists to confront those who are in power.”
Kelly concluded by asking Ramos about his own standards and whether, as he lectures other journalists, he discloses his connection to Hillary Clinton via his daughter. Paola Ramos has worked in the Obama administration and is currently a member of Hillary Clinton’s election team.
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