The Mexican Media and the Presidential Elections

Friday, June 22, 2012


Brooke and WNYC reporter Marianne McCune report from Mexico City about how the Mexican media is grappling with the country's upcoming presidential elections, and the youth movement that is tired of business-as-usual.

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Brooke Gladstone and Marianne McCune

Comments [5]

Donald Knott

I grew up in El Paso in the sixties and seventies, and when I heard your Mexican organ grinder's tune, I did not think of the music to those obnioxous ads, but to times as a middle sized boy downtown with dad we would encounter an old Mexican man sitting on a low wall between a pay-to-park and the Greyhound station playing "Cielito Lindo" on a button box concertina. He had a bit of a milk carton taped to the front of his instrument to collect coins. He was there into my teens. He never played any other tune.

Jun. 24 2012 08:11 PM
Mem from NYC

This is the same thing that's happened in England. Tighter controls of advertisements and campaign finances pushes power towards broadcasters and media. That's why all the politicians in England are in Rupert Murdoc's pocket.

The US system may seem corrupted by money, but everyone has money. Not everyone owns media companies.

Jun. 24 2012 04:29 PM

Thank you for the brave and substantive show and for honoring the daily courage of what journalists do in Mexico. On the Media is head and shoulders above any other WNYC show (WNYC doesn't do as well as it should qualitywise) and is consistently intelligent and thoughtful. This week was all that and also examined one of the most distressing and serious problems in journalism.

Jun. 23 2012 11:15 PM
Daniel Freedman from Toronto

What a godawful production gaffe at the beginning of this piece! Brooke's introduction could barely be heard because she was fighting -- and losing -- a sound battle with Mexican musicians and singers. Background music is one thing. Having a narration track also compete with singers is just plain wrong: a beginner's mistake. Yikes!

Jun. 23 2012 07:23 AM

Reporting on Mexico this week is excellent timing except the words "fast" and "furious" go unmentioned as does the constitutionally questionable amnesty granted to thousands of Mexican nationals? Is this a glaring omission considering recent events while "refreshing" campaign advertising laws which are a domestic pet peeve, do get an honorable mention?

"Corrupted media thrives on and perpetuates a corrupt political establishment breeding a kind of frustrated resignation". Is that true in many ways with our media and government that some are not yet prepared to fully explore? Perhaps media critics need media critics.

Jun. 22 2012 11:05 PM

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