Cuban-Americans in South Florida are sharing their concern about a George Soros-backed group purchasing Radio Mambi, a conservative radio station in Miami that is a relentless critic of the communist regime in Cuba.
In a statement on Thursday, the Assembly of Cuban Resistance, a coalition of groups representing exiled expatriates from America’s communist neighbor, said in part that it was “extremely alarmed about the imposition of an ideological agenda contrary to the spiritual and moral values of our community.”
They should be.
That’s because Radio Mambi and a sister station involved in the deal, WQBA, could soon be owned by the Latino Media Network, a group of Democratic activists who ascribe to the Soros worldview.
The LMN was co-founded by Stephanie Valencia, a former Obama administration official, and Jess Morales Rocketto, who worked for the presidential campaigns of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. One of its investors is journalist Maria Elena Salinas, a renowned anchor on the Univision network.
Its board includes Henry Munoz, the Latino finance chairman for the Democratic National Committee.
Their social media posts exhibit the left-wing dogma that would run directly counter to the views that Radio Mambi has aired for more than 30 years.
Rocketto, for example, has called for illegal immigrant women to receive taxpayer-funded COVID-19 relief. During the 2020 Democratic presidential campaign, she lauded Julian Castro, who called for the decriminalization of illegal border crossings, “strong” on immigration policy.
She is also a radical supporter of transgender activism. In the last election, she cheered Castro for saying trans people could have abortions and Rocketto encouraged men to develop “platonic” relationships with and show deferential treatment toward trans women. She also advocated Clinton’s argument that trans illegals “deserve a higher level of care” because of their status.
Rocketto also has called failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams one of America’s “greatest leaders,” and that Abrams deserves to be president.
Valencia also was a staunch Castro supporter. In addition to his other policy proposals, she tweeted favorably about his stance on police reform. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, Castro was a supporter of defunding police. She also echoed the positions of the radical group Color of Change, which, again after Floyd’s death, labeled policing “a violent institution that must end” and advocated for disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department.
Valencia also seems to be a bit of a conspiracy theorist, suggesting in a 2019 tweet directed at GOP Sen. Marco Rubio that former President Donald Trump was setting up to “steal another election.”
Meanwhile, it appears the Latino Media Network has scant criticism of Biden’s footsie-playing with left-wing radicals, such as the communist leaders in Cuba, Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro and the FARC terrorists in Colombia.
Moreover, the name of the company belies the affection its leaders, including Munoz and Salinas, have for the term “Latinx” in reference to Hispanics. Rocketto once tweeted that her “legit reflexive reaction when a white man calls us ‘Hispanics’: cringe.”
Yet a poll released in March by a group called ICR-Miami for Americano Media showed that more than 90 percent of Hispanics referred to themselves as Hispanics or Latios. On the other hand, Valencia, Rocketto, Munoz, and Salinas are among the 1.7 percent on the left who use the word Latinx.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Julia Friedland told The Free Press, “The members of the Soros-funded Latino Media Network leadership have made careers out of pushing the same left-wing, socialist ideology that many Hispanic Americans fled. Their left-wing campaign is nothing more than a manipulation venture aimed at Hispanics who have already made their minds up about Democrats.”
“If successful,” she added, “Radio Mambi will become Radio Granma.” Granma, in addition to being the name of the boat that ferried Fidel Castro and his thugs to Cuba to launch the overthrow of the nation’s government, is the official publication of Cuba’s Communist Party.
As The Free Press has noted, the Assembly of Cuban Resistance are not the only ones critical of and concerned about the potential fate of Radio Mambi.
Sen. Rubio has said the deal by the “left-wing investors is part of the leftist plan to wipe out Hispanic conservative voices.”
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ campaign warned that Soros, “known for financing extreme leftist causes,” is financing the purchase as a “scheme to manipulate local media in Florida to push their Marxist agenda on voters.”
“In Florida,” the campaign added, “we reject the professional Left & their attempt to infiltrate our state & will always stand for truth and freedom.”
The Washington Times reported on Tuesday that South Florida GOP Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart, Maria Salazar, and Carlos Gimenez issued a joint statement denouncing the purchase, calling it “an attempt by the left to sell Hispanics on their woke ideology and culture wars.”