Sunday, April 11, 2010

I'ts the Stupid, Stupid.

A common refrain from gringos south of the border is that the US coverage of Mexico is generally wrong-headed - which it is, as we've said here many times. But we're also kind of fascinated here by Mexican coverage of the US, such as El Universal's front page report on the Tea Party movement yesterday. Just as American readers of the US press may think all of Mexico is a heavily-armed narco battlefield, Mexicans might come away from this piece with the sense that this lunatic fringe has been instrumental in driving one politician after another from public office. But anyway, our point here is the front page photo that accompanied the piece:


We like to imagine the editors chose this one on purpose, but we really tend to doubt it.

More Tea Party illiteracy here.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Redneckbonics, for what I see.

Anonymous said...

i um tired of the soshowlism in the United States. I want to tea bag to make an affect on the people and work for a revolushun. us baggers, we be an inteligant speecies, right? We just want to renigg on the big one in the White House. Lots of anonimus love!!!

Anonymous said...

Yo, Mr. Burro, with all due respect, I have to disagree with one of your statements. "Just as American readers of the US press may think all of Mexico is a heavily-armed narco battlefield, Mexicans might come away from this piece with the sense that this lunatic fringe has been instrumental in driving one politician after another from public office." That may be the case in most of the U.S., but if you go into the red states of the West, the baggers infiltrate all levels of government. Then again, maybe you are right. Certain states in Mexico's golden triangle are more infiltrated with "the problem" than others. So maybe it's a fair comparison.

Burro Hall said...

My point exactly. If you spend time in Juarez, you'll see a lot of violence. If you spend time in vast, underpopulated tracts of land in the American west, you'll see a lot of teabaggers. The article focuses mostly on Bart Stupak, where the baggers were a factor, yes, but his is such a unique situation, an one largely of his own making, that it's hardly representative. I don't really mean to criticize the reporter - nuances like that here in Mexico would be totally lost on me - but it's kind of funny to read about this stuff through the filter of a foreign correspondent.

Anonymous said...

I still don't understand why this people is against free healthcare, FREE and UNIVERSAL healthcare.

Anonymous said...

I'ts a perfectly acceptable usage in tea party America. do'nt be such a word snob.