It would be our supposition that the knowledge and skill of Juan Manuel Benitez, the show's anchor and the fact that the interviews were in Spanish caused both New York State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz Sr. and perhaps even Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. to be slightly more umm . . . "unguarded" we might say? . . . than they might have been on a less local or perhaps an English-language news outlet.
Then Andrés Duque the author of Blabbeando took the time to actually translate the whole interview and to provide subtitles in English as annotations to the YouTube videos in order to make them available to a wider audience. So here is the entire fascinating saga that Andrés Duque has uncovered:
Last month I posted a YouTube video of an extraordinary interview that was broadcast on "Pura Politica" - a weekly Spanish language political interest show that runs on the NY1 Noticias cable channel - in which Juan Manuel Benitez, the show's anchor - grilled homophobic NY State Senator (and Reverend) Ruben Diaz, Sr. on his views on marriage equality as well as the separation of church and state.
Turning the Reverend's own arguments against him, Benitez got Diaz to admit that he believes that homosexual relations are akin to bestiality and that he believes that there is no such thing as separation between church and state (tell that to those who say that the Reverend is not really homophobic and that gays would love him if they got to know him a little better).
I took some time to actually translate the whole interview and to provide subtitles in English as annotations to the YouTube videos in order to make them available to a wider audience. What I didn't expect was for Benitez to go on air a week later and thank me for the effort and actually feature of an image Blabbeando on the NY1 Noticias (more on that at the end of this post).
The interview with Diaz, Sr. ran on June 24th, the Blabbeando kudos ran on July 3rd, and - researching the NY1 Noticias site for the latter - I found out that Benitez also interviewed Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. on July 12th! Jr., as you will probably not be shocked to hear, is Sr.'s son.
Above, I've posted a translated version of the last interview segment.
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As the Diaz clan's political consultants are probably exclaiming right about now . . ."¡ay Dios mío!"
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