Surreal Mexican News
Some days it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. This must be especially true if you're the president of Mexico. It's always something: drug wars, unsolved murders, human smugglers, indigenous uprisings, government corruption. Ay caray! And that's before he's had his morning coffee...
What makes matters worse is that the press can't seem to figure out how to report Mexican events. The country has long been an ink blot test subject to as many interpretations as there are journalists. There has also been a long and proud tradition of self-interested governments and other organizations paying journalists and publishers to "salt" the media with various disinformation campaigns. Not to mention that sensationalism sells, and from a gringo point of view, what could be more sensational than Mexico?
Today, we bring you a case in point. First an article in the Financial Times (originally released by Reuters) telling us that the Fox administration has failed to promote human rights. Apparently, Mexican cops are brutal:
But wait, here's another article published on the CNN website (released by the Associated Press) on the same day that claims the Fox administration is not providing enough law enforcement to maintain a stable society. Apparently, Mexican cops are pansies:
Fear gnaws Mexicans as Vote Nears
Not surprisingly, neither of these articles holds much weight with us, based on our conversations with Mexicans and our experiences living here. Both articles contain facts and quotes that we have no reason to doubt, but they use them to present two different versions of Mexico, and we don't live in either version. Both articles seem to have agendas.
If you follow Mexican news at all, you know that this is a Presidential election year. You don't suppose that has anything to do with it?
Meanwhile, if any Mexicans are still standing, they are racing for the northern border to take your job because everyone here is apparently dying of starvation. Yet, Bloomberg reports that the Mexican economy is growing at a higher rate than the U.S. economy: