Guest blogged by Winter Patriot
In today's episode, Ruben Navarrette Jr brings a new depth of meaning to the "Op" part of his job as a writer of "Op/Ed" pieces.
Quite a headline, don't you think? That's the hook. Wonder what's inside? Come along with me!
Don't bet on it.
The old Bait-and-Switch Gambit ... not really a Gambit in the original (true) sense of the word
A voluntary sacrifice of a pawn or a piece in the opening with the idea of gaining the initiative, a lead in development or some other compensating factor.
but it is old! and it's a "gambit" in these senses:
an opening remark intended to secure an advantage for the speaker
a ploy: a maneuver in a game or conversation
Gambitry or otherwise notwithstanding, it does seem appropriate that the overall tactic seen here, Bait-and-Switch, would quite naturally be abbreviated "BS".
About 150 equally dramatic legislators in Congress take control of the podium and prevent the sitting president from delivering his final state of the nation address. In the streets, protesters throw rocks and bottles at police and stage sit-ins at makeshift shantytowns.
Who needs a presidential address?
The state of the nation is obvious: Mexico has gone mad.
Presenting a one-sided version of a complex situation and declaring the people in it "mad" ...
A politician comfortable with the people.
What's that called, again? ...
"Shameful" if you're a news reporter ...
... but if you're an Op/Ed writer, I suppose you can always say, "Well, that's just my opinion."
I was one for two. I was right that Mexico needs a revolution; the poor have had enough of being swindled and preyed upon — first by the rich, and then by the middle class. In fact, the poor are so accustomed to this sort of treatment that it's easy to see why they have taken to the streets. But I was wrong that a Calderón victory would preserve the status quo. Instead, that victory — and how it came to be — may just send the country into a tailspin.
Which is not to say that López Obrador was the better choice. No way. Just take a look at his loco behavior since the election, and you'll see: He's not ready for prime time.
Well ... I suppose Ruben Navarette Jr is entitled to his opinion.
He may even be entitled to write so-called Opinion pieces which are almost entirely devoid of fact.
But to many others, surely, certain obvious facts are crystal-clear --- among them, the very obvious fact that Obrador is much readier for prime time than any American politician we have seen in a long long time!
Maybe that's why he's so dangerous!
Millions protesting fraud at the first Assembly.
I probably wasn't supposed to mention that, was I?
I probably wasn't even supposed to notice it!
Oh well ...
There was nothing wrong with López Obrador asking for a recount. It was a close election.
Wrong was when he went on television before the recount was completed and unilaterally declared himself the president-elect.
Wrong was when he accused his political opponents — including Calderón — of orchestrating a coup d'état and then charged that Mexico's electoral tribunal had gone along with it.
Wrong was when López Obrador called for democracy and then wiped his feet on the democratic outcome when it didn't go his way.
Wrong is when one candidate's brother-in-law writes the software that counts the votes.
Wrong is when one candidate starts the election with a deficit of 126 thousand votes.
Wrong is when a 9% recount reveals enough irregularities --- all tending in the same direction --- to suggest [a] that a full recount would most certainly reverse the announced outcome, and [b] that such a recount would uncover undeniable evidence of massive and deliberate fraud.
Wrong is when certain "reporters" fail to mention any of this. Or any of a number of other things.
The interaction between leaders and the crowd are common. From the third Assembly.
Wrong is when they blame a complex situation on a nation going loco instead of trying to understand it.
Wrong is when they do understand it but they lie about it instead of trying to help their readers understand it.
It ain't the Mexicans who've gone loco, Senor Navarette. It's the Americans.
Loco, Crazy, Psychotic, or Fast Asleep ... call it what you will ...
But what can you expect when their so-called leaders are Ignorant, Arrogant, Full of Opinions and Rhetoric, Empty of Facts or Knowledge or (God forbid!) Understanding?
And how can the people learn any better when they read so-called reporters who are exactly the same way?
And still writing for a living? Only In America!
It's a wonderful country! No wonder so many foreigners want to move here!
If you want some reality to counterbalance the stuff Ruben Navarette Jr threw in here today with his pitchfork, then you've come to the right place. Read! Learn! Start here, please!
Poor Navarette! What if he ever has to get a real job?
That's for sure!
That includes those feisty legislators from López Obrador's Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) who caused the scene last week by preventing Mexican President Vicente Fox from speaking. The lawmakers said they were protesting voter fraud and the theft of an election.
No research skills ... a very few oldy-moldy spin-tactics ... in what appears to be a small bag of tricks ... and no apparent grip on reality ... for example:
If this is true then Calderón's supporters have been guilty of ignoring certain very obvious political realities, haven't they? Oh, my! And so have certain so-called journalists.
But Ruben Navarette Jr insists that this ignorance is the REASONABLE way to go!
Counting all the votes would have made sense too. Wouldn't that have been reasonable?
It amazes me to see how many so-called American journalists don't see free and fair vote-counting as an issue that might be worthy of disrupting the normal daily routine ... of a person ... of a country ... of a civilization that's already in eight kinds of crisis, anyway ...
WHAT COULD BE MORE REASONABLE than wanting all the votes to be counted fairly?
Well ... I suppose wanting to keep a cushy gig in the corporate American media machine might seem reasonable too.
To some people.
2006, The San Diego Union-Tribune
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