Honduras insight: Interview with La Gringa

An American, living a quiet life in Honduras, blogging about her garden and family unexpectedly became the honest English language source for Honduran news after Zelaya’s constitutional removal from office.   Jose Reyes has an online interview with La Gringa.

Her response to Jose’s question about media coverage of the crisis:

(Three Part Question) “International” Media Coverage concerning the arrest of then President Manuel Zelaya.

Part One: Can you specifically name the principle “International” media outlets that participated and involved themselves the most, immediately when this event occurred?

La Gringa’s response:

Almost the only international news coming out of Honduras in the beginning was Chávez’s Telesur and CNN (Español) which often used Telesur’s feed. Telesur was reporting murders and kidnappings that did not occur — for example, one person reported to be murdered by the police, César Ham, is actually a current presidential candidate — definitely not dead!

Part Two: Are there any specific conflicting reports between themselves or were they all exactly the same?

La Gringa’s response:

The international media, with the exception of the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, have all been pretty consistent in not reporting the government and civil society position or the numerous acts of corruption by Zelaya and his ministers. Telesur has made outrageously false claims about murders and abuse, which are sometimes reported by the other media. CNN (Español) reported for more than a week that CNN was blocked in Honduras. This was not true. Ironically, I watched CNN from 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 28 to date. Their signal has never been cut here.

Part Three: In your opinion, were their reports completely accurate, semi-accurate or completely bias?

La Gringa’s response:

CNN’s coverage was led by a reporter with Sandista ties. This coverage was extremely biased and also was just downright untruthful in many instances. When that reporter was moved to Mexico, the coverage became slightly better, but not much. Zelaya’s prior abuses of the constitution and laws and his corruption have not been reported.

Read the rest at Cubanology.

2 thoughts on “Honduras insight: Interview with La Gringa”

  1. Breaking news out of Honduras, linked to on DrudgeReport:

    http://www.theage.com.au/world/deal-may-return-zelaya-20091015-gz4m.html

    Deal may return Zelaya
    October 15, 2009

    TEGUCIGALPA. Honduran negotiators have reached agreement on ending a political crisis triggered by President Manuel Zelaya’s ouster in a June coup.

    ”We have agreed in a document on point No. 6, which relates to the restitution of the powers of state to where they were before June 28, 2009,” Mr Zelaya’s representative said.

    Restoring the state to the situation before the coup would imply Mr Zelaya’s return to office, which had been opposed by Robert Micheletti, the head of the coup-backed interim government.

    Mr Micheletti and Mr Zelaya must now ratify the agreement reached by their representatives.

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