The clashes between presidential candidate Donald Trump and the Spanish-language Univision television network began within days of Trump’s announcement last year that he was seeking the Republican nomination.
Now, a series of emails pirated from the Democratic National Committee and published in the past week by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks show that within days of Trump’s June 16, 2015, announcement of his candidacy, Univision’s chairman, Haim Saban, was urging the Clinton campaign to take a tougher stance on Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
A spokeswoman for Saban, Stephanie Pillersdorf, said the media tycoon’s support for Clinton’s presidential bid had not influenced Univision’s news coverage.
In late October, the Trump campaign refused to issue a press credential to a Univision reporter for a Miami campaign rally.
On another occasion, the mogul emailed Podesta that an Israeli television channel had interviewed him and inaccurately portrayed his view of Clinton’s position on the nuclear deal with Iran, which Israel opposed.