That is definitely the only conclusion you can come up with if you read most of the news-op-eds-opinion columns in Spanish in general and in the Hispanic media in the U.S. in particular.
Through out the weekend and today, I read the news about the despicable act committed by Jared Lee Loughner . I evaluated the news both in Spanish and English to see if there was any difference between them. Now, if any of you have been following the opinions of the main-stream media you know that most of them were blaming talk radio, right wing bloggers, Tea-Party followers, Sarah Palin, anyone with any kind of tendency towards Republicans, etc., etc. But if you are thinking that the media in Spanish was any different then you are only partially right (sorry for using that word, now they are going to think that I also had something to do with it).
Whereas the English language media has implicated the right-leaners with some enthusiasm, the Spanish media both in the U.S. and internationally is more uniformly convinced that the evidence is overwhelming: The Right Wing did it.
And here are some examples:
“But the political reactions towards the massacre in Tucson have just started, and if the Tea Party movement comes ahead in this test there will be so many more reasons to be afraid of their fanatical influence”. El Pais, main newspaper in Spain… “The assassination was part of the same collective madness that helped the Republican party to, once again, take over congress”… La jornada, Mexican newspaper… “Now we have doubts about the health of the American democracy not only because of the Tea Party phenomenon and its simplistic rhetoric, but also about the subject of the Second amendment and their freedom to own guns”… Excesior, Mexican newspaper… “The distance between the ultra right wing discourse, which becomes more and more aggressive and influential each and every day, to the assassination attempt against Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords an outspoken critic of the despicable SB 1070, is extremely short”… Excelsior, Mexican newspaper… These are just a few examples of the heated rhetoric against anything that smells a little bit like right wing in the Spanish speaking media. Here in the U.S. the main political commentator-anchor in Hispanic media is Jorge Ramos (if you think that the anchors in CBS, ABC and NBC are biased you would never believe the amount of opinion this guy expresses when he is giving “straight news”) and he had a lot of things to express about the attempted murder: The second amendment should be repealed, intolerance and racism are prevalent in the Republican Party, intolerance and racism were the main cause for the shootings, Sarah Palin should just shut up, the U.S. should open its borders, SB 1070 was the main reason of the shooting, etc,. etc. You can check it out here.
At the end of the day, Hispanic conservatives have a very steep hill to ascend to change these points of view. Here at LlaveDeSol, we are making our contribution by publishing a website called LllaveDeSol.com and by expressing our opinions every time we can. Common sense will prevail!