Amazing alternate reality media

Speechless. Astounding misinformation in Honduras's media blackout. This is what Hondurans are expected to believe right now (full text translated below):

El Heraldo's headline reads:
"Fuera Mel, fuera Chávez”, grita multitud a favor de la democracia en Honduras
"'Out with Mel, out with Chavez,' shout the multitude in favor of democracy in Honduras"
"We ask Mel (Manuel) Zelaya to not come to Honduras because we don't want him here," said a protester.

San Pedro Sula,
"Out with Mel, out with Chavez," shout the multitude in favor of democracy in Honduras.

Thousands of Hondurans marching this morning in the city of San Pedro Sula ask the deposed president Manuel Zelaya Rosales not to return to Honduras because they don't want him here.

The peaceful march began at 10am with approximately 25,000 people, but as it advanced toward the center of the city it grew, reaching more than 60 thousand people.

[questionable numbers; in any case what protesters there are are being given free shirts and other perks for turning out. And if they have what they wanted and everyone or most everyone were in agreement on it, why are they protesting?]

This is our support for democracy and the new government, said María Antonieta Votto, as she walked among the masses that didn't stop screaming “Fuera Mel, fuera Chávez”.

[It is a central strategy of the right-wing media to paint Mel as a Chavez puppet and communist; calling Mel a communist is like calling Obama a communist, and although he did ally with Chavez, this is more of a fear tactic than any sort of reality. The supposed Chavez puppetry especially builds on the false accusations of the non-binding poll being a power-grab--the election would not have extended Zelaya's term in office]

This is the massive support that the nation of Honduras is giving to the new government, because the people want to live in peace and democracy. "We ask Mel (Manuel) Zelaya to not come to Honduras because we don't want him here," said Votto.

["Democracy" is overused by both sides and means pretty much the opposite when what's really going on is a military coup. Peace, like security, is a euphemism here for keeping the poor folk under control]

Different participants demonstrated that the world should understand that in Honduras there has not been a coup d'etat, since what happened was a succession based in constitutional order.

[here there is a desperate plea for national indignation based on the argument that law=morality, and that somehow that law isn't a product of the rich and powerful actors who write it]

While this went on in the north coast, in this capital, the evangelical pastor Rodimiro Velásquez announced that thousands of christians had begun the journey called "Claim Honduras" that consists of 20 days of fasting as a sacrifice to ask God for peace and democracy.

[While the scope of this claim is dubious, the roles of Evangelical churches and the Catholic Church in relation to the military coup, need to be examined in depth. Unfortunately and unsurprisingly they have appear to have been deeply involved (many thinking actors, especially the Jesuits at Radio Progreso, excepted)]

Meanwhile, in the second avenue of Comayagüela, around 500 people loyal to Zelaya walk peacefully toward the center of the city demanding the reinstatement of their leader.

[Serious crowd underestimate, "peacefully" used to hide the violent and deadly force being used against them by the military]

"It's a protest of some 500 people, which is generating terrible vehicular traffic," said the sub-commissioner of police of the last name Leiva, while directing car traffic.

[no. comment.]


one example--which needs to be matched...
7/2/2009 3:21:53 PM


One thing I find lacking in the images hitting the net is a collection showing the thousands of anti-coup demonstrators flooding the streets. They do exist, and, the treatment of news photographers and videographers makes clear that obtaining such photos is a risky and difficult undertaking. Nonetheless, La Prensa and other business outlets have been very deliberate in posting pictures of well-ordered, well-dressed, well-funded (as evidenced by their banners etc.) marches celebrating the departure of Zelaya. While I've come across a few big-crowd shots, the coup defenders on the blogs are prone to pointing to the multiple thousands pictured on the front pages of the sanctioned press--to win the propaganda war.