How could you possibly go too far in lambasting this buffoon?
This is how:
As captured by the Washington Free Beacon, that juxtaposition came into the world via the Instagram account of Univision president of programming and content Alberto Ciurana. Though it has since been deleted, the posting placing a 2016 presidential candidate against the accused killer of nine churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., gained hundreds of likes, reports the Beacon, as well as some criticism. “This is very irresponsible of you,” commented Patty Rodriguez, senior producer of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.”
Michael Cohen, special counsel to Trump, called for Ciurana’s resignation, according to the Beacon.
Offensive postings by people in the media industry are invariably followed by corrective postings, and Ciurana’s case follows suit:
Note that while Ciurana regrets the photo duplex, he doesn’t go quite so far as to apologize to Trump, even though Ciurana associated the reality TV star with an alleged mass murderer and white supremacist. But hey, that’s a judgment call!
Back in March, Univision faced down a similar scandal on its own airwaves. “Fashionista”/Univision star Rodner Figueroa said this on the program “El Gordo y La Flaca”: “You know Michelle Obama looks like she is of the cast of ‘The Planet Of The Apes.'” Univision fired him.
Ciurana’s walk-back post comes at a time of significant Univision-Trump friction. The network bagged its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, which is partially owned by Trump and otherwise cut its business ties with the real-estate mogul. Univision’s entertainment division signaled that it’s “ending the company’s business relationship with the Miss Universe Organization, which is part-owned by Donald J. Trump, based on his recent, insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants. At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country. We will not be airing the Miss USA pageant on July 12th or working on any other projects tied to the Trump Organization.”
Meanwhile, Univision said that its news division will continue providing coverage of Trump as well as the other candidates in the race. Toward that end, it announced earlier this week that it would host a Republican presidential debate in partnership with the Washington Post before the March primaries in Texas, Florida, Ohio, Virginia and Michigan. Univision is not participating* first round of announced debates, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus told BuzzFeed in January, “It’s highly questionable whether we’re treated fairly on Univision.”
In the aftermath of Ciurana’s tweet, it’s even more highly questionable whether Republicans are treated fairly on Univision. The Erik Wemple Blog today asked the network for information on its social-media standards as well as any indication as to whether Ciurana would be disciplined for his Instagram savagery. A spokeswoman for the network referred us to the network’s statement from yesterday on the Miss USA stuff — which, of course, has zero to do with Ciurana’s photo arrangement — as well as to his corrective tweet.
Who is Ciurana, anyhow? According to this profile, he has a 35-year media career heavy on programming entertainment. Raised in Guanajato, Mexico, he held all manner of TV programming jobs, eventually rising to vice president of programming at Televisa, the Mexican broadcasting giant. He came aboard Univision in 2012, and his title of president of programing and content means that he “oversees programming for the entertainment, broadcast and cable networks of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI)” A Univision rep confirms that Ciurana has no oversight over the news division.
Ciurana has a following of 2.56 million on Twitter, where the media exec is prone to philosophizing:
Translation: “Getting away from contentious people improves one’s soul and health.” Credit the man with some prescience in this June 17 tweet:
“It’s as easy to make a mistake as it is difficult to recognize it.”
*Correction: This post initially said that the RNC had “omitted” Univision, but the network didn’t apply to host a debate.