TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado on Univision’s Al Punto with Jorge Ramos: Election 2012 and the Oscars



“Hola Viviana.  It’s Jorge Ramos calling.  I’m dying to share your incisive, ground-breaking, unique, and down-with-it perspectiva with my Al Punto viewers.  Wanna hang out and come on?”

[insert:  ¡Thump!  Smelling salts to bring me back to life after hearing Ol’ Blue Eyes on the phone]

“¡Jorge!  Of course.  Have your people call my people to co-ord…”

¡K K K!  That’s what happened in my head.

What really happened is that his rock star producers contacted me and my peeps (i.e. ME).  I jumped at the opportunity to be on media juggernaut Univision’s top public affairs show that targets Latinos…

…as in the largest and fastest-growing demographic as confirmed by the 2010 U.S. Census…

Read = potential voters.

See why I couldn’t pass up this opp?  It’s not just that Al Punto wraps the news week and helps frame the agenda for its audience which is what other networks do.  This show covers 411 that matters to its target Hispanic audience, one that is largely ignored by the mainstream media.

The Wise Latina Club's Viviana Hurtado on Univision's Al Punto with Jorge Ramos on Election 2012 and Oscars

TWLC’s Viviana Hurtado with Al Punto Producer Gabriela Tristan and Univision’s Economics Editor Stephen Keppel

Ah si, and in a sign that they “get” that Hispanics care about immigration AND jobs, the economy, education, U.S. Latin America policy–you get my drift–the range of topics is whiplash-worthy: Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, aka America’s Sheriff or Abuse-of-Authority-according-to-the-DOJ-Sheriff, sparred with Jorge on his law enforcement policies, and in a moment that almost made me choke on my AM cafecito while I was live tweeting, declared that Latinos “love me.”  Judge Cristina Pereyra, rockin’ her animal print heels, broke down Arizona’s SB1070 and Fisher v. University of Texas about race-based college admissions–cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Along with Time Magazine‘s Latin America bureau jefe Tim Padgett, we analyzed, in the news round up, Hugo Chavez’s cancer surgery and what’s next for Venezuela, Latino voters and Election 2012, and the Oscars.

Watch here:

To see Viviana’s previous Al Punto round table discussion, click here.

Statement: Republicans don’t “get” Latino voters but neither do Democrats.  Thoughts?



    • says

      Sujeiry, TY for your watching (!) but to clarify, I was invited to be on this show, not every week…unless millions of viewers write in, clamoring for more TWLC political analysis. J/K, very grateful for this opp!

  1. says

    BRAVO!!! You did an excellent job, Viviana! I wouldn’t be able to even think straight, if I were sitting that close to Ol’ Blue Eyes. LOL :)

    Very informative, as always. One of the reasons I like Al Punto is that it speaks TO Latinos about issues that are important to all of us and not just AT us.

    Congratulations on a job well done. Hope to see you one there more often. :)

    • says

      hahahahahaha on Ol’ Blue Eyes, Leslie! With you on Al Punto, and I would add Noticiero, respecting audience (+ good biz sense, no?) by covering stories that matter to Latinos with that breadth ranging from Mexico, Hugo Chavez, unemployment, to jobs.

  2. says

    What an exciting opportunity! You look beautiful on the segment, so poised and confident. (I watched the segment – even though I couldn’t understand most of it – head hanging in shame…)

    I think very few politicians truly understand the struggles of the working/middle class. And the things that are important them like jobs, a decent living wage and a better school system (even in lower income areas) I think once government can grasp those concepts, then they can move on to getting the Latino voter.

    And I would need smelling salts if Jorge called me up too :)

    • says

      Amen to that! Perhaps military and community service should be mandatory before running for the Presidency. I think that experience would give aspiring candidates a “reality” check when war-mongering or setting economic policy. Even for those who come from humble beginnings, they sure seem to forget where they came from.
      As for the smelling salts, it was all a figment of my over-active imagination…although if Jorge ever called, I would need smelling salts AND a pañito saturado en alcohol to come back to life!

  3. says

    Muy bien, Viviana! Me encanta el programa Al Punto — y claro Jorge Ramos! — y pienso que hiciste muy bien. Contribuiste un comentario inteligente — de acuerdo que los estados “morados” van a decidir el proximo presidente. You go, mujer!

    • says

      ¡Mil gracias y un fuerte abrazo! Con la predicción de los estados “morados” viene mi súplica a nuestra comunidad de informarse y participar en el proceso político, no sólo con una elección “sexy” como para la de Presidente de EU, pero para el consejo municipal y el PTA.

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