Cuban-Americans in South Florida have joined Sen. Marco Rubio and other Republican lawmakers in calling on the Biden administration to closely scrutinize a possible left-wing takeover of a wide-ranging Spanish-language radio network.
On Tuesday, the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance sent FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel a letter saying it was particularly concerned about its beloved radio station, Radio Mambi, losing its place as an outspoken critic of the communist regime in Cuba.
At issue are 18 stations, which reach one-third of America’s Hispanic population, that are set to be controlled by the Latino Media Network, a group stocked with loyalists to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and backed by leftist billionaire George Soros.
Radio Mambi, and a second Miami station, WQBA, have since their foundation “been key voices of our community,” the ACR letter said, according to Breitbart News.
“This community is full of victims of Communist and totalitarian rule, be it in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Bolivia,” the group added.
“We are a community that loves and appreciates the United States of America and what it stands for as a beacon of freedom for the oppressed. We also know how easily these freedoms can be lost!” Radio Mambi and WQBA have served as a vital and credible source of information for our community and have given voice to those persecuted and oppressed in Cuba and elsewhere. Thus, we are extremely concerned that these two vital radio stations for our community may be silenced if this proposed sale to LMN goes through.”
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Continuing, Breitbart noted, the ACR urged the FCC to “conduct a diligent review of the principals’ experience and qualifications as it pertains to radio broadcasting and that our voices be heard.”
“The financial backers of this proposed venture should be fully disclosed. The Assembly of the Cuban Resistance remains available to you to ensure that the FCC has as much information as possible before making such an important decision for our community,” the letter concluded.
The Latino Media Network is led by Democratic activists Stephanie Valencia and Jess Morales Rocketto. Both have claimed they want to acquire the stations because they are concerned about Hispanics being flooded with “disinformation” from just one side. Breitbart noted Morales recently claimed on MSNBC, of all places, that they wanted the stations to have a “balanced” approach to the news.
The potential sale has led dissidents to protest outside the station asserting “down with communism” and wanting no part of “Radio Soros.”
The ACR letter comes a few days after Sen. Rubio and other GOP lawmakers also wrote the FCC to protest the sale.
In that letter last week, Rubio stated, “grave questions remain about the nature of LMN [Latino Media Network] – its precise ownership structure, the potential involvement of foreign funding, how it intends to program a massive network of radio stations given its total lack of experience.”
“Far from benign, the proposed sale is the latest in a series of moves by elite progressives desperate to claw back support from Hispanic voters, who have rightly turned their backs on Democrats and their socialist priorities,” the letter continued.
“But instead of overhauling their own unpopular policies, we are concerned that far-left ideologues are attempting to consolidate and expand their control over the media, so they can flood the airwaves with propaganda with the hopes of fooling listeners so that they can silence effective conservative voices who challenge their progressive propaganda.”