A group of prominent Republican lawmakers — including Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Rick Scott (R-FL) — are urging the Federal Communications Commission to look into the recent deal to buy 18 broadcasters. foreign-language radio broadcast by a Democrat-affiliated group, saying the agreement represents a “brazen and partisan” attempt to silence dissenting voices.
In a letter sent to the FCC on Wednesday, they said the takeover, partly funded by an organization linked to leftist billionaire George Soros, is an attempt to exert political control over Latino communities, which are turning against Democrats in numbers. records.
“Far from being benign, the proposed offer is the latest in a series of elite movements progressives desperate to regain support from Hispanic voters,” the letter read.
The ultimate goal is to “flood the airwaves with propaganda in the hopes of deceiving listeners so they can silence effective conservative voices that challenge their progressive propaganda.”
Among the other signatories of the letter are MPs María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Carlos Giménez (R-FL) and Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL).
The purchase of the 18 radio stations, including Radio Mambí of Miami, is being carried out by a newly formed entity called the Latino Media Network (LMN), led by former Obama administration officials. The stations were owned by the Univisión-Televisa media conglomerate.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 6, 2022
In their letter, GOP lawmakers raised concerns about the LMN, including its lack of radio experience, as well as “the potential involvement of foreign funding.” FCC rules prohibit foreign ownership of domestic radio stations.
“Any acquisition of this scale and speed, especially when Critical questions remain about The LMN and its lack of operational experience must be scrutinized with extraordinary scrutiny,” the letter concludes.
The LMN reportedly raised $80 million to buy the 18 stations. Among the investors are Democratic actress Eva Longoria, who co-hosted the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and an investment fund called Lakestar Finance, linked to Soros Fund Management.
Latinos are turning their backs on Democrats in unprecedented numbers as runaway inflation and rising gas prices hit families hard. A recent poll showed that President Joe Biden’s approval rating with Hispanic Americans has dropped to just 24%, while nearly 6 in 10 disapprove of his performance.
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