Univision’s Randy Falco today sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, expressing disappointment that no Hispanic journalists were selected as moderators of the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates. Instead, the commission selected Bob Schieffer, Jim Lehrer, Candu Crowley and Martha Raddatz.
“This November more than 20 million Hispanics could play a critical role in electing the new President of the United States and it is important that they make an informed decision,” Falco wrote to Janet H. Brown, executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates. “The debates announced yesterday presented an ideal opportunity to tap one of the two best journalists in the business who have a broad understanding of the domestic and international issues impacting this country, understand the Hispanic community better than anyone else and are fully bilingual: Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas.”
Falco said that the commission “should entertain the notion of adding an additional debate,” and that Univision would be willing to create a forum for the candidates to “address this sector of our society.”
Update: To little surprise, the commission will not add another debate. But now Univision is going to try to sponsor its own forum.