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Oh, so that’s why Nixon ordered the Plumbers to blow the safe at Brookings

Posted by Charles II on June 12, 2012

He thought that the file which would reveal his treasonous deal to prevent Johnson from attaining an end to the Vietnam War was at Brookings.

See? When the president does it, that means it is not illegal.

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The flowers that bloomed in the Mexican spring

Posted by Charles II on June 12, 2012

Mexico is on the threshold of a presidential election which portends a significant change of national direction. Of the three parties (PRI: traditional ruling party, Felipe Calderon PAN: current ruling party, and Lopez Obrador’s left-wing PRD), the PRI under Enrique Peña Nieto is leading in the polls.

But Mexican students have been reminding Mexico that Peña Nieto led the brutal repression against the people of Atenco. Marta Molina, truthout:

The story started two weeks ago, on May 11, during a meeting with Enrique Peña Nieto, the presidential candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) at the Iberoamericana University (Ibero), one of the most prestigious private universities in the country. Students admonished the candidate who aspires to be Mexico’s next president, thereby returning hegemonic power back to the PRI, which lost 12 years ago. They shouted “Coward!” and “Ibero doesn’t want you!” and and “Assassin!” — reminding the candidate of the brutal repression he ordered against the farmers and florists that mobilized in San Salvador Atenco in 2006, when he was the governor of Estado de México. This repression, in which two young men were murdered, 350 people were detained — including 10 minors — and 26 women were raped, was one of the most violent episodes during his mandate.

The Mexican media are more tightly controlled than even the US media, so the major TV stations simply blotted the protests out, intending that the memory of those murders, rapes, and detentions will simply vanish. But it’s no longer quite as easy. First of all, The Guardian published a story alleging hat the media have been selling favorable coverage to the highest bidder. This went so far as buying a portrayal of Lopez Obrador as inept on a popular comedy show, turning entertainment into actual Soviet-style political propaganda. The plan is extraordinarily detailed and thorough. The Guardian also produced documents that show extraordinary expenditures, many tens of millions of dollars on behalf of Peña Nieto when he was governor of Mexico. But the documents’ authenticity has yet to be confirmed.

And now the almost completely-worthless Jo Tuckman has actually reported on how Wikileaked cables back up the Guardian’s original reporting:

One cable, written shortly after US embassy officials were taken on a tour of Mexico State when Peña Nieto was governor, says: “It is widely accepted, for example, that the television monopoly Televisa backs the governor and provides him with an extraordinary amount of airtime and other kinds of coverage.” The document, which dates from September 2009, was titled: “A look at Mexico State, Potemkin village style”.

The cables leaked from the US embassy in Mexico contain frequent mentions of the power that Televisa, and the other main commercial network, TV Azteca, exert over the country’s political elite. The two networks control around 90% of free channels and are widely perceived to be political kingmakers.

I suspect the Wikileaks say a lot more than the metaphorically deaf and blind Tuckman lets on. Certainly a read through the memos that have been released suggest virtually absolute control of the Mexican media by a system of political fixers taking their orders from the Mexican oligarchy, or even Washington. The level of detail and planning seems to me extraordinary, even for the normally methodical and detail-oriented Mexicans. In any event, there cannot be free elections without truly independent media.

Needless to say, according to a Google News search, American media are not covering this story. At all.

Oh, wait. AP gave the Televisa scandal one line at the end of the article. And the New York Times blogged about it, sort of (Damien Cave focuses on vague “human rights record instead of rapes and murders, and relegates the Televisa scandal to a brief mention)! And the LAT even gave the Televisa scandal one line in a real story, and a full graf to the student movement–though no mention of Atenco, of course!

Posted in election theft, Media machine, Mexico | 2 Comments »

How Bad Is The Regnerus Study? It Would Count Ted Haggard As A Lesbian Mom.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on June 12, 2012

There have already been several takedowns of the bogus Regnerus study mentioned here, but by far the funniest one is John Corvino’s at The New Republic:

Question: What do the following all have in common?

A heterosexually married female prostitute who on rare occasion services women

A long-term gay couple who adopt special-needs children

A never-married straight male prison inmate who sometimes seeks sexual release with other male inmates

A woman who comes out of the closet, divorces her husband, and has a same-sex relationship at age 55, after her children are grown

Ted Haggard, the disgraced evangelical pastor who was caught having drug fueled-trysts with a male prostitute over a period of several years

A lesbian who conceives via donor insemination and raises several children with her long-term female partner

Give up? The answer—assuming that they all have biological or adopted adult children between the ages of 18 and 39—is that they would all be counted as “Lesbian Mothers” or “Gay Fathers” in Mark Regnerus’s new study, “How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study” (NFSS).

Major methodology fail, in other words.

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