In what appears to be an early effort to capture the Latino vote, Hillary Clinton has formed an alliance with Univision, the largest Spanish-language television network in the country. At an event Tuesday, Univision announced a program called Pequeños Y Valiosos (Young & Valuable), designed to encourage Spanish-speaking parents to engage with their children on developing language skills at a very young age. The Washington Post's Philip Rucker reports:
Tuesday’s event was Clinton’s first significant appearance outside the paid-speaking circuit and into a more campaign-like environment. The agreement with Univision provides her with a bridge to the nation’s fast-growing and politically influential Hispanic community.
Early childhood development has been a passion of Clinton’s throughout her adult life. Since stepping down as secretary of state a year ago, she has leveraged her star power to promote her Too Small to Fail initiative and attract corporate and nonprofit partners.
“Bill and I probably took it to an extreme reading to our poor little baby girl,” Clinton said. “I even sang to her until she developed an ear. We had a little house in Little Rock, and before I’d put her to bed, I’d put her in a rocking chair and read to her. And then I’d sing to her. I’d sing, ‘Moon River.’
“And then,” Clinton continued, “literally when she was about 16 months, she took her little finger, she put it on her lip and she said, ‘No sing, Mommy, no sing.’ ”
Rucker emphasized the "choreographed" nature of the event, allowing reporters a few minutes to hear the former Secretary of State's brief opening remarks before being escorted out to allow Clinton's statements to parents and nonprofit advocates to remain private.
While the effort by Clinton and Univision is certainly laudable, the fact that it is a partnership between Univision, which has an extensive Spanish news organization and the presumptive 2016 nominee of the Democratic Party, creates questions about any election coverage aired by the network.