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Followup message from Marco Rubio's campaign manager to Isaac Lee from Univision after conference call

Followup message from Marco Rubio's campaign manager to Isaac Lee from Univision after conference call

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Published by Carlos A. Alfaro
Follow up message from Alex Burgos, Marco Rubio's communications manager, to Isaac Lee the day after the conference call took place in which Burgos alleges Lee offered a Quid pro Quo. However despite the long email expressing his disapproval, there is no mention about the alleged "quid pro quo" which surfaced 3 months after.
Follow up message from Alex Burgos, Marco Rubio's communications manager, to Isaac Lee the day after the conference call took place in which Burgos alleges Lee offered a Quid pro Quo. However despite the long email expressing his disapproval, there is no mention about the alleged "quid pro quo" which surfaced 3 months after.

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Published by: Carlos A. Alfaro on Oct 10, 2011
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Monday,October10,20117:01:11PMEasternDaylightTimePage1of2
Subject:
FW:ToAlexBurgosaftercall
Date:
Monday,October10,20116:59:59PMEasternDaylightTime
From:
CarlosAlfaro
From
: Burgos, Alex (Rubio) [mailto:Alex_Burgos@rubio.senate.gov]
Sent
: Friday, July 08, 2011 12:15 PM
To
: Isaac Lee
Cc
: Randy Falco; Kevin Cuddihy; Cesar Conde; Maria Martinez-Henao; Gerardo Reyes; Luis Fernandez-Rocha
Subject
: From Senator Marco Rubio's Office
Friday, July 8, 2011 Isaac LeePresident, NewsUnivision Communications Inc.9405 NW 41st StreetMiami, FL 33178Dear Mr. Lee: Thanks to you and your team for hosting Thursday afternoon’s conference call with Todd Harris and me. We appreciate your willingnessto shed light on Univision’s journalistic standards and editorial practices as they relate to coverage of public officials, specifically U.S.Senator Marco Rubio.After 45 minutes of discussion, we were disappointed and disturbed by the editorial policy your team made clear that Univision has nowadopted when covering private persons who are completely uninvolved in politics, but simply happen to be related to a public official.Your director of investigative reporting and assignment editor both made clear that, for Univision, any life aspect of any public official’srelatives is “fair game” – no matter how dated. We interact on a daily basis with virtually every major news outlet in America, and Iassure you that Univision stands alone in adopting such a policy.There has never been any dispute regarding the facts about the matter you are “investigating.” What remains a mystery to us is whyUnivision actually believes it is legitimate to now revisit this 24-year old incident that has nothing to do with Senator Rubio or his publicservice. On an earlier phone call, your investigative reporting director’s contention that these types of facts are interesting and thereforenewsworthy because they involve the relatives of public officials like Senator Rubio simply does not cut it. There are many things aboutthe lives of private people who are related to public officials that are “interesting.” But using that standard, there is no shortage of outrageous and intrusive stories that could be conjured up.Furthermore, the examples your team provided as validation of this editorial policy are wholly incompatible with Senator Rubio’s sister and her husband. As we stated on Thursday’s call, we fully recognize the lives of public officials are often subjected to close andunwanted scrutiny. However, that scrutiny has always been focused on relatives and friends that are fully engaged in the political process – by appearing in campaign ads, campaigning with a candidate, speaking at events, and so on. As we noted, whereas President BillClinton’s brother and Governor Sarah Palin’s family were deliberately placed in or personally sought the public spotlight and weresubsequently scrutinized for contemporaneous events involving them, Senator Rubio’s sister and brother-in-law have been bystanders inhis political career – supportive and proud as any relatives would be, but otherwise carrying on with their lives as private citizens.Throughout Senator Rubio’s time in public office, he has always distinguished between credible news organizations that responsiblyexercise their duty to cover and hold him accountable, versus tabloid news outlets that lack this quality and instead appeal to the leastcommon denominator.Until now, our experience has been that Univision is a credible and professional news organization, committed to covering the Senator'swork fairly and upholding the highest standards of professional and journalistic conduct. It’s the reason why Senator Rubio himself was proud to be directly affiliated with Univision as an on-air analyst during the 2008 election season. It’s why he announced his bid for the

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