October 31, 2013 10:00 am -

Jorge Ramos is the most important American broadcast journalist you have probably never heard of.

The Univision news anchor is also the host of a newly-launched English-language “news magazine” program on Fusion. The show launched with a bang as Ramos interviewed Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio:

The United States’ most prominent Latino journalist led “America with Jorge Ramos” on Tuesday with a confrontational segment on the Maricopa County Sheriff, known for his crackdowns on illegal immigration.

“Let’s begin with a man who calls himself ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff,’” Ramos said. “What he doesn’t know is that he is possibly the most hated man in the Hispanic community. His name is, of course, Sheriff Joe Apraio, and he is unforgiven.”

The encounter got off to a rocky start, with Arpaio asking whether Ramos had asked for President Barack Obama’s birth certificate the last time he interviewed him.

“The fraudulent birth certificate from Hawaii is a fake,” Arpaio said after the adversaries shared a half-hug and pats on the back.

“We haven’t spoken for more than 30 seconds and you’ve already said something outrageous,” Ramos responded.

Arapio then gives Ramos the tour of Tent City, the famous prison complex that the Arizona sheriff created to save taxpayer money. …

“As you know to many Latinos, you are the face of racism and discrimination,” Ramos said. “You know that.”

Arpaio said Latinos loved him and asked Ramos “how do you know they don’t like me?”

D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.