Mexico: Katia Goes to Mandoki’s Movie

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“Fraud in Mexico, 2006: Dare to see the truth.”

Campos Elíseos is the “blog” written by Katia D’Artigues of the — “cryptomarxist pseudojournalistic,” according to one of my friendlier correspondents — El Universal daily of Mexico City.

Katia, at least — I enjoy her column — describes a bit of what she experienced in going to see Mandoki’s Fraude: Mexico 2006.

Un poco de lo vivido en la sala:

A bit of what I experienced in the auditorium:  

Las rechiflas fueron para Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Manuel Bartlett, Vicente Fox, Elba Esther Gordillo, el gobernador de Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández; Marta Sahagún, Norberto Rivera, Manuel Espino, Diego Fernández, Hildebrando Zavala, Luis Carlos Ugalde y Germán Martínez. Y bueno, muchos amigos periodistas.

The derisive whistles were for Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Manuel Bartlett, Vicente Fox, Elba Esther Gordillo, the govenor of Tamaulipas, Eugenio Hernández; Marta Sahagún, Norberto Rivera, Manuel Espino, Diego Fernández, Hildebrando Zavala, Luis Carlos Ugalde and Germán Martínez. And of course, for many journalist friends of mine.

Un verdadero caso para La araña: cuando apareció el famoso videogate de René Bejarano… se hizo el silencio.

And a truly peculiar case: When the famous “videogate” scandal of René Bejarano appeared …  silence reined.

Bejarano was the federal district official and PRD member ambushed in 2004 by Brozo the Televisa ambush interview clown with video purportedly showing him taking a bribe from Carlos Ahumada.

Kicking off the desafuero affair, a bid to impeach López for corruption.

On the long, strange trip of Carlos Ahumada, see also

Bejarano reportedly defended himself by saying he was accepting voluntary campaign contributions, in a legal fashion. He was expelled from his party (the PRD), and later absolved of criminal wrongdoing. Sort of their Zé Dirceu, I guess, on a smaller scale.

Mucho del material lo pudimos ver en la primera parte de la temporada de López Obrador… digo en el primer material de Mandoki… ¿Quién es el señor López?

Much of the material we had already seen in the first part of the López Obrador season … I mean in Mandoki’s first film on the subject, Who is Mr. López? 

Lo nuevo son testimonios de expertos de la UNAM, y videos donde se demuestra la forma en que, para ellos, se habría alterado los resultados de la elección presidencial.

The new material is the testimony by UNAM experts, and videos that show the way in which, in their view, the results of the presidential election  were altered.

On which see

Otra de las escenas nuevas es cómo fue la sesión del grupo de trabajo cercano a López Obrador, cuando el presidente consejero del IFE sale a decir la noche del 2 de julio, que no hay ganador, que es una elección cerradísima.

Other new scenes show the working group closest to López when the IFE commission came out to say on July 2 that there was no winner, that the election was too close to call.

Se ve el material enviado por simpatizantes de Veracruz, Nuevo León, Baja California, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, estado de México, defendiendo el voto por voto, casilla por casilla —que según AMLO es una consigna que nació del pueblo— en las juntas electorales distritales.

You see the material sent in by sympathizers from Veracruz, Nuevo León, Baja, Chihuahua, Nuevo León [you said that already], Mexico state, defending the proposition of a “vote by vote, precinct by precinct recount” — which AMLO says is a slogan born of the people — in the district election councils.

I had understood the film would include more documentation of appaent misconduct by elections officials, of which there are quite a few really pretty startling examples floating around.

I subtitled an example, let me see if I can find that …

No sé si fue un error de edición o qué, pero en una de las escenas, supuestamente de julio de este año, se muestra la concentración en la Plaza de la Constitución, para conmemorar un año del fraude.

I do not know whether this was an editing error or not, but one of the scenes, supposed showing July of last year, shows a gather in the Zócalo to commemorate the first anniversary of the fraud.

Good eye, Katia, if true.

Well, now at least I know a little something about the film.

I saw most of Who is Mr. López?

It is a very well-made, very appealing — I love the theme music — campaign hagiography, comparable in a lot of ways to the treatment of Al Gore in the personal segments of An Inconvenient Truth.

I came away thinking, “Well, know I know a bit about Mr. López and his life and times, and a lot other stuff, but am still not at all sure what the guy would actually do if he got the job.”

The rationale being that the film was a necessary supplement to the disinformation being put out about the guy — the startling, pumped-up, Red-baiting “López is a danger to Mexico” media blitz devised by Dick Morris, for example.

Which bore a striking resemblance to the FUD campaign run in Costa Rica recently in fact. See

It is amazing, the degree to which you hear that, if you entertain skepticism about the results of the beancounting in those elections, it must be because you are a lefty sympathizer of López.

Anti-capitalist! Anti-business! Anti-Bush!

“A fear of propaganda fueled by Hollywood movies and left over from WWII!” as Richard Edelman says.

The most extreme expression of which being the notion that Journalism 1.0 is a sort of “pornography of facts,” as a Brazilian commentator of this persuasion once gabbled in my hearing.

“You said you would put a stoplight on my corner if  I voted for you, and then you did not.”

“Typical Marxist pornography of facts!”

I could actually care less which political platform Mexicans choose to support.

I am not a Mexican.
What bothers me is that their choice has apparently not been honored.

Because I agree wholeheartedly with this guy:

Capitalism is the future of Latin America, but not just any form of capitalism. A capitalism with a terroristic, guerrilla warfare mentality does not build prosperity, although it may be good business for some. This type of capitalist culture delegitimizes free enterprise in the eyes of society.–Fernando Javier Ruiz, Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina

Celebrating Marcel Granier as a hero of world press freedom is patently absurd to anyone who listens to the man talk for five minutes, for example. It is like you are making Uncle Hugo’s propaganda point for him.

I really think the Mexican democratic process was massively ratfinked last year.

And it seems maybe my tax dollars might have been spent on making that happen.

Which I would find just mind-bendingly outrageous, and stupid, if that were the case.

Is it?

Summon Dick Morris to the Foreign Relations Committee and ask him.

Extradite him to the Tijuana jail, if need be.

If I broke the law in Brazil — which the embassy is always telling me not to do, and rightly so — that is probably what would happen to me.

What makes Dick any different?


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