Saturday, July 08, 2006

Mexico (Ohio - Florida)

NPR is not alone in providing frustrating coverage of the Mexican election. Tonight's coverage with doesn't really do justice to the context of this election. Garcia-Navarro tells us that Obrador has "always used the power of the people to reinforce his political point" and "has always painted himself as a victim of the political machinations of the right and his followers really do respond to that." The report mentions that international observers did not cite any evidence of vote fraud. I think the report would have been strengthened by citing the history of the 1988 stolen presidential election and by interviewing Greg Palast about the discrepancy of exit polling and the Bush actions during the campaign and election. Of course to do this might stir up the history of our own deplorable presidential "elections" of 2000 and 2004.

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