Friday, March 04, 2011

Crowbar Award Nominee

Several days ago Gancho sent us a Crowbar Award nominee [honoring the heroic attempts by the foreign media to crowbar a narco angle into any story about Mexico, regardless of the story's actual subject matter], which we bookmarked and then totally forgot about. (Burro Hall has a number of quality control issues we hope to address, um, mañana.) Anyway, from the Feb 24th issue of The Economist, in an otherwise informative piece on the Monarch butterfly, we learn in the very last paragraph that

Jobs in tourism have been put at risk by a surge in drug-related violence in the state of Michoacán, which caused the number of visitors to fall by almost half this winter.

With butterfly stories now comprising a full 50% of the 2011 Crowbar Award field, we might have to consider breaking the thing down into categories. Also, we don't want to give any enterprising young foreign correspondents any ideas, but a story suggesting that drug cartels are actually killing butterflies (or, better yet, kidnapping them for ransom) would be very, very hard for the judges to overlook.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/mar/04/baja-adventurer-and-burro-near-end-their-journey/

Anonymous said...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gunrunners-mexico/updates/2011/03/romanian-ak-47-pistol-used-in-slaying-of-ice-agent.html?utm_campaign=homepage&utm_medium=feeds&utm_source=feeds

Anonymous said...

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/gunrunners-mexico/vermont/