Seeing Red AZ posted an article yesterday regarding the Arizona Republic’s multi-page report on “Mexico’s potential for rebuilding Arizona’s economy.” Arizonans, according to the report, tend to see Mexico as the source of problems, not possibilities. That attitude, we were told, limits our economic horizons. The editorial, another in the continuing blather by Linda Valdez, was titled “Seeing the promise in Mexico.”
Today the daily reports on the death of journalist Rodolfo Rincon, 54, who worked for the newspaper Tabasco Hoy. He was last seen Jan. 20, 2007, after he reported on local drug dealers.
An unidentified man admitted to belonging to a gang of hit men known as the Zetas — which killed Rincon over his articles and then dissolved his body in acid. (You read that right.)
Mexico is one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists. More than 60 journalists have been murdered since 2000. But that fact is secondary to the constant hammering of the open borders message by the Arizona Republic’s editorial board.
So far this year over 500 people have been killed in Sinaloa alone — Mexico’s drug-smuggling heartland.
Drug violence has killed more than 15,000 people throughout Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched a crackdown on cartels after taking office in late 2006.
These reports make taking a pass on “Mexico’s potential for building Arizona’s economy” all the more reasonable. And wouldn’t you think the journalists at the Republic would have a modicum of concern for their fellow professionals? The agenda is obviously more important than the messengers.