Univision Partners with Liberal UN Foundation on Climate Issues

Hispanic Media Company leans left with ‘groundbreaking initiative’ to increase awareness.

Expect Univision to be tilting even further left on climate change and environment issues from now on.

The nation’s leading Spanish-language media company announced a new partnership with the United Nations Foundation at the World Economic Forum on Latin America April 2.

Isaac Lee, president of news for Univision, said in a press release, “In our ongoing effort to inform and empower Hispanic America, it is paramount that increasingly crucial environmental issues such as climate change have a prominent place in our reporting, as they affect our audiences directly.” 

The company is committing a news team dedicated to the climate change initiative and the UN Foundation’s role will be “facilitating experts and scientists for interviews.” 

Lee said the relationship would “give us direct access to the most up-to-date and reliable global information and resources,” but what Univision viewers can now fully expect is a climate change alarmist agenda from the UN Foundation.

On April 3, one day after the partnership was announced, a top UN official on climate change said the oil and gas industry needed radical change. How radical? “[T]hree quarters of the fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground, and the fossil fuels we do use must be utilized sparingly and responsibly,” Christiana Figueres said according to a UN statement.

They UN Foundation has warned before that "The imminence and severity of the problems posed by the accelerating changes in the global climate are becoming increasingly evident. Heat waves are becoming more severe, droughts and downpours are becoming more intense, the Greenland Ice Sheet is shrinking and sea levels are rising.”

Even before the UN Foundation alliance, Univisions’ news coverage tilted left. The Media Research Center examined four months of Univision and Telemundo coverage (Nov. 2013 – Feb. 2014) and found a leftward tilt on both Spanish-language networks, especially on U.S. domestic policy news. Out of 667 domestic policy news stories, more than 6 times as many stories (300 stories or 45 percent) slanted left, as slanted right (43 stories or 6 percent).

MRC launched MRC Latino on March 31, to provide ongoing analysis of Spanish-language networks and hold them accountable to the same standards for accuracy and fairness expected of other news networks. 

— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.