Journalist Linda Ellerbee’s compelling piece Mexico: One Journalist’s View helps dispel exaggerated media reports of violence in Mexico, while offering an inside perspective to the hype. The media like to make “noise” she says, while leaving context and critical analysis to the wayside. From the article:
The U.S. media tend to lump all of Mexico into one big bad bowl. Talking about drug violence in Mexico without naming a state or city where this is taking place is rather like looking at the horror of Katrina and saying, “Damn. Did you know the U.S. is under water?” or reporting on the shootings at Columbine or the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City by saying that kids all over the U.S. are shooting their classmates and all the grownups are blowing up buildings. The recent rise in violence in Mexico has mostly occurred in a few states, and especially along the border. It is real, but it does not describe an entire country.
Ellerbee, who has spent a lot of time in Mexico and makes regular visits, says she feels just as safe in her Puerto Vallarta neighborhood as she does in her West Village neighborhood in New York City. The rest of her piece goes on to describe the Mexico most people know and love – great climate, friendly people, fantastic culture.
The whole article is worth a read.