They sure did. Critics pounced on Time's puff piece; interestingly, one of the more helpful pieces came from USA Today (2/19/14), under the headline “Everyone Giddy Over Mexico–Except Mexicans.” It turns out that while Time thinks Peña Nieto is saving Mexico, Mexicans give him very low marks; he has a 32 percent approval rating. And those “reforms” being touted by Time leave many Mexicans wondering if they’ll see any benefit; foreign oil companies might profit from oil drilling, but what will that do for Mexican citizens? And actual growth in 2013 was 1.3 percent–well short of the sunny 3.5 percent growth that was forecast.
One critic, Bill Conroy of NarcoNews (2/17/14), noted that a few weeks earlier Time had published a 14-page advertising spread touting Mexico’s turnaround, sponsored by the government and corporate interests. Conroy argues that Time's journalism and this advertorial bore some striking resemblances. The magazine disagreed, of course; but it's worth recalling that Time, Inc. has already declared that part of the company’s new business strategy will include blurring the line between editorial and advertising (FAIR Blog, 1/2/14). As the New York Times reported (12/30/13), ”The newsroom staffs at Time Inc.’s magazines will report to the business executives.”
Without asking the people that live and work in the Valle de Guadalupe, Torres, like a thief in the night, has attempted to subversively push through an aggressive land reuse program titled the Sectorial Program for the Urban Touristic Development of the Wine Producing Valleys.This pinche cabron from the PRI plans to dedicate 48% of the Valle soil to fancy condos and recreation, like the golf course Torres is already working on, in an all too predictable Mexican pattern of build first and think later that has ruined many great cities in Mexico. If you’ve enjoyed the unspoiled country that Anthony Bourdain had referred to as “the New Tuscany”, now is the time to act.
In this war for territory, the journalists have become victims. Because, unlike in traditional wars, in Mexico journalists don’t die in the crossfire, from a stray bullet, from walking in a minefield. In Mexico, the killers hunt down journalists, dragging them out of their offices and their houses, intercepting them in the street.
This is the result of
- a War About Drugs™ that Richard Nixon started that no one seems to to be ending some time soon.
- a cynical process to create a penal industrial complex changing people in to cattle to profit from penning in
- no one lighting a big enough fire under congress’ ass to fix it
- Americans not confronting how they have been trying to get the genie back in the bottle
…I remember when Monsignor Guillermo Schulemberg [sic] (who was the head of the Basilica of Guadalupe for 40 years) publicly declared that Guadalupe was a sham. Msgr. Schulemberg wrote a letter to the Vatican stating that Juan Diego (the guy who claimed encounters with Guadalupe) never existed. True to form, the Vatican canonized Juan Diego. Schulemberg resigned as head of the Basilica and had hired goons, armed guards, outside of his home in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Mexico City (Lomas).
She backs up her comments with links to stories about the event.
She spoke about reporters who were slain trying to expose corruption in a country that had become a battlefield. She talked about how drug traffickers threatened reporters, causing some to flee to the United States only to earn wages for doing menial work.
Also, she told of how of how the violence has affected the psyche of targeted journalists: One asked a friend for a pistol to kill himself rather than face a torture squad. Another reporter kissed his family members in their sleep and waited in his living room to be taken away by assailants.