A Florida Democrat may have been a little too liberal in the application of the term “we” as he touted the purchase of “18 major Spanish-language stations.”
U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., took to Twitter to boast about a “MAJOR victory” after an investment group led by George “Spooky Dude” Soros backed the acquisition of 18 Univision radio stations in a $60 million all-cash deal in the runup to the midterms.
“We had MAJOR victory against right wing Spanish radio disinformation efforts this week. Latino Media Network buys 18 major Spanish-language stations from TelevisaUnivision. It includes Miami’s Radio Mambí, & NY, CA, IL, TX, & NV stations,” Soto tweeted, adding the hashtag #VerdadGana! — which translates roughly to “truth wins.”
We had MAJOR victory against right wing Spanish radio disinformation efforts this week.
Latino Media Network buys 18 major Spanish-language stations from TelevisaUnivision.
— Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) June 6, 2022
Latino Media Network (LMN) signed a “definitive agreement” to purchase the AM and FM stations, which are located in “10 of the country’s largest Latino markets, including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, and Las Vegas,” WLRN. reported.
Stephanie Valencia, who served under former President Barack Obama as a Latino outreach director, is at the helm of LMN, along with Jess Morales Rocketto, a Democratic activist.
And while Soto’s tweet effectively confirms the political nature of the purchase in a state that has a large Hispanic population that appears to be trending more and more Republican with every passing day, there seems to be more here than meets the eye.
Social media user Giancarlo Sopo responded to Soto to add a little perspective.
“You guys just dropped $60 million on 17 dying radio stations, many in solidly blue areas, and an AM Spanish station in Miami whose ratings have declined by 54% since 2008. Good job, Darren!” he tweeted.
You guys just dropped $60 million on 17 dying radio stations, many in solidly blue areas, and an AM Spanish station in Miami whose ratings have declined by 54% since 2008.
Good job, Darren! https://t.co/k8Z759aHaH
— Giancarlo Sopo (@GiancarloSopo) June 6, 2022
Then again, the fact that many of the stations are purportedly in “solidly blue areas” may suggest that Democrats feel they must make an effort to keep Hispanics on the liberal reservation.
As for Soto’s reference to “right wing disinformation,” that can be interpreted as anything that counters the political narrative on the left. Truth was the first casualty in their war to control information.
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
Leftist member of Congress attacks First Amendment…. https://t.co/5PN5GoD7MW
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) June 7, 2022
🤣🤣🤣this is like bragging about buying the clearance items at Walmart the day after the holiday is over. pic.twitter.com/OPjrvEXaM9
— The White Bunny (@fragrancegringo) June 6, 2022
You’re kidding yourself if you think the Dems are losing Hispanic because of “right wing disinformation.” You’re the party of “Latinx.” That’s why Hispanic are voting Republican and no Soros funded Radio station is going to change that, pendejo.
— Elise Stefanik Fan (@StefanikFan23) June 6, 2022
This will be Air America Redux.
Does anyone think that the conservative listeners of Radio Mambí are going to keep listening?
The idea that Hispanics are so stupid and gullible that they’re tricked into being conservatives is condescending and racist.#SocialismoEsMiseria
— E Pluribus Unum 🇺🇸 (@Use_facts) June 6, 2022
Ever stop to think that maybe YOU are the disinformation cesspool @RepDarrenSoto 🤡
— Atom’sMcRib (@AdamsMcRib) June 6, 2022
What a waste of Soros’ money. Dems have been losing Latinos favor because the radical left agenda is contrary to our traditions and culture, so it will keep happening no matter your efforts and the money you throw in propaganda.
La mentira nunca gana y nosotros somos más.
— Gaby 🇺🇸🇻🇪 *Socialism is a SCAM* (@GabyZighelboim) June 6, 2022
How dare those dumb Hispanics be on the Right!? We’ll buy up all of their radio stations and pump them full of our good propaganda! Isn’t this what Castro did?
— Brand🎱 (@WillyLumpLump__) June 6, 2022
George orwell would be disgusted
You are bragging that rich liberals are going to buy up broadcast networks so they will only broadcast talking points you like
What does that say about you
— Dino1975 (@Dino11975) June 6, 2022
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