Jorge Ramos says no to Obama campaign
The Obama campaign ad used footage from Ramos anchoring a Univision newscast.
Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos took to the airwaves last week to object to the Obama campaign’s use of his image in a Spanish-language television advertisement.
“I want it to be clear that I reject the use of my image and Univision News’ image in any electoral campaign. We have made this clear to the president’s reelection campaign and the White House,” Ramos said at the end of his broadcast on Thursday’s edition of “Noticiero Univision.”
Ramos said he did not want his presence in the ad to be construed as an endorsement.
“We want to make this a public statement of our [disagreement]. We’ve always defended our journalistic independence and will continue to do so,” he added.
Ramos made a similar statement on Univision’s Sunday public affairs show “Al Punto.”
The Obama campaign’s ad touted the president’s passage of his healthcare reform law in 2010, using news footage of Ramos discussing Latinos without health insurance. The ad ran in Florida, including in the Miami media market where Univision is based.
Obama’s ad can be found below:
This isn’t the first time a network has clashed with a campaign over a political television advertisement. In January, NBC requested that Mitt Romney’s campaign remove footage from its ad featuring its former news anchor Tom Brokaw.
(Photo: Screenshot, Univision)