Brian Williams Gives Platform to Mexican Immigrant Who Denounces the Democrats

Last Friday, NBC News’ Brian Williams interviewed a number of Hispanics to find out why it is that President Obama did so well with their demographic in last week’s presidential election.

A man named Salvador, who has a successful career and lives in Wichita, Texas, was one of the interviewees. He was born in Mexico and moved to the United States 21 years ago. When asked why he voted for the president, Williams was surprised to learn that he, in fact, did not. Salvador had supported Mitt Romney. He did, however, offer his take on why he believed so many Hispanics did vote for President Obama.

“Unfortunately the majority of the Mexican people that come over to the United States, they’re already marginalized in their own country,” he told Williams. “They don’t have very much education and they believe that the government is the only source of wealth.”

Salvador expressed discouragement in America’s growing entitlement society, saying about his fellow Hispanics, “It is a tragedy, because all their potential, all their gifts, are just totally shut down. They cannot produce. If I would have listened to the Democratic Party when I came into this country, I would not be where I am today… They treat you as a lower class. They make you believe that they can provide things for you. But, in the end, you give your dignity to them instead of keeping it.”

When asked of his thoughts on the Republican party and how they approach the Hispanic community, Salvador said, “Every conservative that I’ve talked to, they treat me as a person. They don’t see me as a Mexican. They don’t see the color of the skin. They’re interested in my character, and I’m interested in their character. I don’t see them as white, green, blue, whatever it is.”

When Williams asked Salvador what people from his community thought of his political views, he said, “Certainly I’m told I’m not Hispanic enough. I’m not holding to my culture.”

The interview segment ended with Salvador telling Williams that he feared the United States was going down the same path as his home country. “I’ve seen this movie before, you know? That’s the way Mexico is. They [the Obama administration] just have to look at how Mexico is today. There are so many resources there. There’s a lot of people that could produce things but the mentality is not there, and the government will not allow it to happen.”

It was an provocative segment to say the least. Even for those who disagree with Salvador’s political views, his expressed thoughts on the dynamic of the country were fascinating. His concern, that the vision of the Democratic party and President Obama includes the discouragement of poor workers’ entrepreneurial spirit, should be something worthy of a societal discussion. His charge, that the Democrats’ primary contribution to their Hispanic constituency is government dependency, should be a something worth considering.

You’ve got to hand it to Brian Williams for airing a perspective, like this, that flies in the face of the media-driven, conventional wisdom that the Democratic party is a friend to the Hispanic community, and the Republicans are not.

There’s only one problem, however. Brian Williams wasn’t actually the person who interviewed Salvador. Conservative radio host, Rush Limbaugh was. Salvador called into his radio show last Friday.

Forgive me for my act of deception, but there is a point to my false claim that Williams was the man bringing Salvador’s viewpoint to air. It relates to a discussion Williams had with NBC analysts on election night, in which he seemed to endorse the idea that the Republican party should “shut down” conservative figureheads in the media like Rush Limbaugh. The insinuation, of course, was that it was the rhetoric and influence of such people that alienated potential GOP voters in this year’s election.

I don’t doubt that Williams honestly thinks such an act would benefit both the GOP and the country. He and people like him assuredly believe that it’s the conservative media and conservative thought that are standing in the way of America freely evolving into the perfect, secular society that many liberals have always dreamed of.

What liberal media elites like Williams don’t understand, however, is that the only reason the conservative media is so wildly popular in this country, is because mainstream media outlets (like his employer, NBC) simply don’t lend a voice to people like Salvador whose life-lessons and beliefs stand in firm opposition to their liberal sensibilities.

Can any reasonably intelligent person listen to the words of a man like Salvador, and not at least concede that he makes a point worthy of a discussion? Heck, maybe it’s even worthy of that elusive “national discussion” we keep hearing politicians talk about. But anyone who pays close attention to today’s mainstream media knows darn well that we’ll never hear this kind of opinion communicated on any of the network news evening broadcasts, especially if it’s coming from a Hispanic individual living in the Hispanic community. An immigrant from Mexico who believes that the Democratic party oppresses Mexican Americans, and that Republicans view him as an individual and not through the prism of race? Something like this is not just uncomfortable to liberals. They view it as Science Fiction!

You see, what really torques off the media-elites in this country is a narrative that doesn’t recognize their own viewpoints as the undisputed, prevailing wisdom. And until they start placing some value on the discipline it takes to offer an honest and inclusive media product to the public, the conservative media will continue to grow in popularity.

The problem, of course, isn’t limited to dissenting opinions. It runs the spectrum. All of the media double-standards, the commentary disguised as reporting, the omission of inconvenient stories , the promotion of dishonest stories – they all build the case for a conservative counterbalance.

Brian Williams, and all those of similar mind who came before him, may despise people like Rush Limbaugh and want him off the air. The irony that continues to elude them, however, is that the growing success of the conservative media is a product of their own creation. If the mainstream media truly wants to diminish the power of the conservative media, the most effective weapon they have to achieve that goal isn’t to rely on left-wing smear-groups like Media Matters and MoveOn.org to do it for them. No, their most effective weapon is to bring integrity, fairness, and balance to their own organizations.

I think we all know by now, however, that they just don’t have that in them.

Author Bio:

John Daly couldn't have cared less about world events and politics until the horrific 9/11 terrorist attacks changed his perspective. Since then, he's been deeply engaged in the news of the day with a particular interest in how that news is presented. Realizing the importance of the media in a free, democratic society, John has long felt compelled to identify media injustices when he sees them. With a B.S. in Business Administration, and a 16 year background in software and web development, John has found that his real passion is for writing. His first novel, entitled "From a Dead Sleep", is now on sale! He lives in Northern Colorado with his wife and two children. Like John on Facebook. Follow John on Twitter.
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  • wally

    I kept wondering why i had missed this segment? Good shift there Mr. Daly! I would be shocked to hear Mr. Williams present such a piece on their network. Matter of fact last night they aired a segment showing Govenor Romney pumping his own gas. The picture chosen showed Romney with his hair slightly disheveled. It appeared to me as if they were trying to embarrass him. I wondered, would they do the same thing to Obama if he had lost? I doubt it.

  • fiftyfive

    How do people like Brian Williams and the others so called main street media, Face there kids and there grand kids when down the road all there lies they told there lies covered for Obama’s lying

  • TexMexSoup

    Oh geez Brian Williams, why the shock? How patronizing and congratulations to Salvador for being ‘awake’ to what is going on with the Dems and how they are destroying the Hispanic community. I’m not from Mexico….. I am from San Antonio hence my screen name (very good Tex Mex food) and I am Hispanic but I am an AMERICAN and I’m pretty freaking sick and tired of being called a Mexican or the assumption that all we care about is immigration. #1 I don’t support illegal immigration and I see it for what it is, the borders are open for the massive influx of immigrants from south of the border who are easily manipulated and controlled thus the dems securing their votes. Lets be realistic folks, if this trend continues, you will never see a true conservative win an election again. The dems need to be stopped but Salvador is correct these people are crossing the border, pumping out kids and getting on government assistance. It is what they are taught on their side with the blessings of the US govt (well the part of the gov’t who wants to control their vote)

    And it’s about d*mn time, American born and raised Hispanics start calling themselves AMERICAN.. heck we all need to just start calling ourselves American, enough with the hyphenated nationalities.

  • trailbee

    My son-in-law is Hispanic. Once asked what he was, he said Mexican. He is the last of eight children. Each and every one of them married into Caucasian families. He worked for one of his brothers-in-law and five years ago the company went out of business because he was being undercut by a competitor who used undocumented labor-Mexicans. :)

    My son-in-law is the best of husbands and fathers. I think he is the best person for my daughter. He has strong family values. He was unemployed for over a year, but could not receive unemployment, because HIS brother-in-law continued to pay for their health insurance.

    He took a pay cut in order to take a job. And this new company is about to go under. De ja vu! They voted Republican.

    Each of their other brothers and sisters and their families voted Democratic. Always have. Always will. Go figure!

  • http://twitter.com/CDChambers62 Chris Chambers

    Let us hope Salvador and other like minded conservatives…..Mexican, black, Asian, and anyone who upholds conservative values are asked by other conservatives to speak to others in their group. We need more spokesmen like Salvador.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Julie-Gannon/100000378054134 Julie Gannon

    Whenever I watch the liberal media, I wonder if they were locked in brainwashing rooms and tortured with cattle prods, how can they be so blind.

  • MIke

    Great column Mr. Daly! Salvador makes a beautiful point about the Mexican people viewing government at their only source of wealth. That is exactly where Obama is taking us. Fantastic! Keep up the great writing!!!

    • John Daly

      Thanks!

    • Kemomitoz

      Disagree, most Mexicans I know un the US -unlike in Mexico- work more than 12 hours daily, no time for anything else, no tax exemptions, no SS benefits, no public housing and they pay sales taxes, … maybe you mean Puerto Ricans? not that I have anything against them, it is just that they qualify for such Gov benefits.

  • John Daly

    Glad it worked! ;)