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Fraude Mexico 2006 — part 7 of 10

30 September 2008

With several questionably close elections in recent years (and possibly this year) in even “advanced democracies”, it’s not unreasonable to suspect that the vote count was manipulated for the advantage of entrenched power groups.  Nor, is it unusual for to accuse the media of spinning the news, or of taking sides on behalf on the elite.  While in the U.S. it’s generally the left (or what passes for a left), both on the right and the left there’s an assumption that the “mainstream media” has an agenda at odds with their own.

The questionably close count in the 2006 election, and the seeming avidity of Televisa (the only television network of any significance in Mexico) and other media giants to claim the very narrow Calderon victory was legitimate was not uniquely Mexican.  Nor was Lopez Obrador’s call for a complete recount.  Costa Rica had recently had a similarly close election, and — having an electorial system similar to Mexico’s — did recount the ballots.

This clip shows the buildup to what would become mass street protests following the official announcement of Calderon’s assumed election based on the original PREP count.  Specifically, AMLO is questioning the political ties of Televisa’s CEO Emilio Fernando Azcárraga Jean to the Fox administration and PAN. Azcárraga Jean is the son of Emilio Azcárraga Milmo (who is alleged to have once said in an unguarded moment “Mexico is a fucked up country that needs to be kept entertained”) and grandson of Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, who founded the network. Televisa has always been accused of being uncritical of the government in power (their most famous newscaster, Jacobo Zabludovsky said he considered it his job to support the PRI during their long reign).

Azcárraga Jean’s personal ties to the Fox Administration are questioned by AMLO, and this portion of the video shows dubious ballot handling (questioned by a “citizen journalist”) in Tabasco. Tabasco, incidentally is where AMLO started his political career, and where he first had to confront overt fraud denying him public office. That election, for state governor resulted in federal investigations into spending irregularities (the “winner” — Roberto Madrozo who was the PRI Presidential candidate in 2006 — spent more on advertising in this election than Bill Clinton spent running against Bob Dole for President of the United States in 1996. The federal investigator, Santiago Creel, would run against AMLO for governor of the Federal District in 2000 and then became Home Secretary or “Interior Minister” in the Fox Administration. As a result of Creel’s investigation — which led to no prosecutions — an interim governor was appointed until a new election was held).

The only thing unusual would be the massive non-violent protest movement.

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