During the morning conference, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador showed his annoyance with the newspaper El País in its Mexico edition for a text titled “100,000 dead in Mexico: X-ray of a broken country,” which exposes how the Mexican government has tackled the global health crisis in almost 10 months. where what stands out most are their mistakes, such as late hospitalization, minimal screening; and facts: the country where medical personnel have died the most. All in a comprehensive report documented by testimonies from affected persons, experts and official sources.
The funny thing is how the attack on the country was reached in La Mornanera. The president was talking to the press about his request to the government of Spain to ask for an apology for the way in which the native peoples of Mexico were treated during the period of the Conquest: “I don’t want to polemize, just say that nothing is taken away from us by offering an apology for the unfair manner in which they were treated the peoples originating in Mexico during the foreign invasion. Power is humility, it is not arrogance, but everyone is free to manage their foreign policy,” he said and then added, “There are countries that still maintain colonialist eagerness.”
AMLO then attacked El País, “I just read an article from the Spanish newspaper El País, a newspaper that recently, in the neoliberal period, was dedicated to protecting Spanish companies that received special treatment in Mexico in previous governments and are now upset with us, because Mexico already it is not a land of conquest and it is incredible until the title of the article, as unfortunately 100,000 died by the pandemic in Mexico, they are using that, they title the article ‘Mexico a broken country’”.
The president mentioned that on social networks the report had been criticized and mentioned a comment posted on Facebook that he had liked: “Certainly there were answers on social networks, I saw one that I liked a lot, only that is strong and I can not repeat it, it does not correspond to me because of the investiture. It is about how they dared to sustain that when in Spain the situation of the pandemic affected the most, which we regret very much.”
“ But it is that desire for colonial domination that does not move away at all, there it is present, we are not going to polemize on this, just say that we have another way of thinking and that, because we will continue to maintain our foreign policy of respect for all peoples, all governments and adhering to our tradition of justice”, the president ended.
However, almost at the end of the conference, AMLO asked Jesús Ramírez if he had found the comment, so they first screened the El País report to be read quickly, “Nothing more subtitles, because I imagine it is also a monserga,” said the president.
During that exercise López Obrador mocked the sources cited, such as The Washington Post and made comments like: “Pure places commons”, “They didn’t like Repsol and Iberdrola.”
“ All that was prescribed yesterday by the El País. Look at the answer I read in the morning, from a citizen I don’t know.” Jesús Ramirez then read a Facebook comment written by user Juan C. Bonet in which he criticizes the newspaper, but Spain, for his management of the pandemic and compared the two events that occur on November 20 in both nations, in Mexico the Mexican Revolution and Spain commemorates the death of Francisco Franco.
Of course, because @el_pais is the same as the Government of Spain and the Community of Madrid, and, above all, because they do not look EXTREMELY RIDICULOUS reading an OPINION post by Facebook to justify its attacks on the press 🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
The answer to the newspaper El País that AMLO liked and was read in the morning.
Given this, several journalists from El País defended their article on social networks. Javier Lafuente, who is deputy director of the newspaper in America wrote, “Today President López Obrador has charged El País for this special and has once again linked us to Spanish companies and that the situation of the pandemic in Spain is worse than in Mexico. One is false, the other is more than written. We continue.”
Today President López Obrador has charged @el_pais for this special and has again linked us to Spanish companies and that the situation of the pandemic in Spain is worse than in Mexico. One is false, the other is more than written. We follow. https://t.co/XgDUfX1SW2
— Javier Lafuente (@lafuentejavi) November 20, 2020
Viri Ríos, columnist for the newspaper also showed his position, “In El País we are doing a good job. Our journalism makes it uncomfortable because it says truths. Pass him over to see it. In the morning we realized: AMLO himself already read it.”
At @el_pais we are doing a good job. Our journalism makes it uncomfortable because it says truths. Pass him over to see it.
“ It’s called journalism, gentlemen. In Mexico and Spain. Despite who weighs him and precisely because it weighs them. We continue from El País. This is what has bothered the government so much,” wrote journalist Elena Reina.
It’s called journalism, gentlemen. In Mexico and Spain. Despite who weighs him and precisely because it weighs them. We follow from @elpais_america @elpaismexico and @el_pais This is what has bothered the government so much: https://t.co/YErAPrnMwS Hopefully the dead will bother them more. https://t.co/1J9kGdk2sD
— Elena Reina (@ellenreina) November 20, 2020
Almudena Barragán, collaborator of the newspaper that participated in the article, was tougher with the AMLO government, “I hope they were more disturbed by the 100,000 dead than the one who writes. Criticism of our work will always be received, but with data, not with disqualifications. From El País we will continue to do journalism, despite who weigh.”
I wish they were more upset by the 100,000 dead than the one who writes. Criticism of our work will always be received, but with data, not with disqualifications. From @el_pais @elpaismexico and @elpais_america we will continue to do journalism, despite who weigh https://t.co/DWz8mKA9Vn
— Almudena Barragán (@Muna_bargan) November 20, 2020
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