Univision’s newest host, journalist Luis Carlos Vélez, closed his nightly Línea de Fuego (“Firing Line”) broadcast with a scathing indictment of President Joe Biden’s response to the ongoing inflationary crisis.
Watch as (trained economist) Vélez needs no more than minute and 24 seconds to completely obliterate the White House’s crafted narrative on inflation:
LUIS CARLOS VELEZ: And the last word. President Biden. Please. Stop the blame game and face the inflation problem in this country. People just can’t take it anymore. Your words today just flabbergasted us all, OK? They weren’t just a washing of the hands in the face of a very difficult price situation but were also a shameless opportunity to attack Republicans. Solving this, Mr. President, does not correspond to your opponents. It does not correspond to the Federal Reserve; it does not correspond to businesses. It corresponds to you. You got yourself elected. You should lead, in order to provide solutions and persuade along with those with whom you must govern. This is the situation- the worst inflationary situation in 40 years. FORTY. It’s time to blame the moon, the stars, the sun. Clearly. The worst part of Covid was two years ago. And we were already recovering economically when you arrived. It was the administration’s fault for handing out stimulus packages when people no longer needed them. And it is your fault that to this day we have not set in motion a plan to solve the supply chain problem. How much longer, Mr. President? People don’t eat off of politics. People eat off of wages, jobs, and opportunities. The responsibility to do something falls solely upon you, Mr. President.
Vélez, a well-respected journalist from Colombia with a reputation for being a straight shooter, was brought in to host Línea de Fuego– a nightly debate program that airs on Univision 24/7, the streaming news channel found on Univision’s Vix application. Vélez’ closing remark is a stark departure from the network’s traditional offerings, both in style and in substance.
If personnel is policy, then it would appear that Univision is attempting to correct course and tack back to the center. Such an effort is not unlike attempting to turn an aircraft carrier; but given that only 31% of Hispanics trust corporate media, it is not a bad idea (if true). Time will ultimately tell but in the meantime, we’ll keep watching.