The New Yorker | The Miami Herald
In October, The Miami Herald reported that Univision had offered to softpedal or perhaps quash a story about U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio’s brother-in-law being arrested for drug trafficking 25 years ago, as long as the senator cooperated with the network on an interview that would likely address the delicate subject of immigration. The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta writes in this week’s New Yorker that the Herald story “implied that Univision had tried to blackmail the Senator,” but he concludes that what happened between Univision and Rubio’s office was more of a “contentious discussion.” The Herald’s Marc Caputo, however, believes that Auletta’s story essentially confirms the Herald’s account. Caputo and Auletta agree that the story Univision ultimately aired about Rubio’s brother-in-law Orlando Cicilia had little news value. Univision tells Politico it’s proud of its reporting on Cicilia.