Univision Receives Peabody Award for Fast and Furious Documentary
Univision News won a 2013 Peabody Award for its special on Operation Fast and Furious on its magazine show Aqui y Ahora in September 2012.
“All of these prestigious national recognitions, an unprecedented achievement for a Spanish-language media company, speak to the caliber of the work that our News division is doing to inform and empower the Hispanic community,” said Isaac Lee, president of Univision News.
“Through our commitment to thorough, balanced reporting and the highest journalistic integrity, we are providing our community with access to vital information and in the process shining a light on issues that not only impact Hispanics, but also the country as a whole," Lee said. "We are extremely proud of the Univision News team for their impressive achievements.”
Fast and Furious was a gun-walking operation that allowed over 2500 guns to end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. These guns have been linked to the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and more than 300 Mexican citizens. Hundreds of guns are still missing.
The media in America has largely ignored Fast and Furious, except for Sharyl Attkisson at CBS, Katie Pavlich at Townhall, and Breitbart News. The attention it does receive is mainly about the program's implications for America, but Univision’s special looked at the impact the operation has had on Mexico.
Many guns were found at the scenes of murders, kidnappings, and massacres south of the border. After Univision's documentary aired, Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley demanded answers from the Department of Justice on the findings in the documentary.