Universal translators work telepathically.
That's how Kirk and Spock explained the device in Metamorphosis.
My favourite episode.
But that's because I thought it was self-criticism, that Menoski (The author) was slapping around the rest of the writers and producers on Voyager for being asshole hacks... And he might have been.
He's complaining that sex and violence make for shit stories.
How is that not a tailor-made kick in the nuts for Braga and Berman?
Joe was probably talking about the rest of television that actually made money for their networks.