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Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

Aristegui to return to airwaves

carmen aristeguiCarmen Aristegui has been rehired by MVS Radio in a victory for freedom of expression. Aristegui was fired after she asked the Mexican White House to address longstanding rumors that President Felipe Calderón has a drinking problem. The firing engendered passionate debate as to whether she was let go at the behest of the president:

The columnist Denise Dresser wrote a long public letter asking MVS to reinstate Aristegui.

Proceso devoted a large article to questions about the president's health.

Columnist Rafael Loret de Mola said the allegations about the president will be shown to be true when insiders now defending Calderón speak out after his term is over. He did not provide proof, however, that Calderón canceled state dinners because of drinking, as Loret de Mola has stated. The Mexican White House has denied the president has a drinking problem or canceled any events as a result.

Manú Dornbrier said in a long column that Calderón's father had a drinking problem and so does the president, and that everyone has known this for a long time.

Aristegui also is an author: last year she published a book about an icon of the Mexican Catholic church who turned out to have sexually abused male seminarians and had three children by two women. The book, "Marcial Maciel: Historia de un Criminal," (History of a Criminal) is composed of interviews of his victims.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Evening to honor, benefit journalist Óscar Genel planned

oscar genel en septiembreAn evening to honor and benefit Óscar Genel, an elder statesman for Tijuana journalism who recently underwent intestinal surgery, is planned for Friday, Feb. 18 at the Cava Tijuana L.A. Cetto.

oscar genel "voces de la calle"Genel, 81, has been reporting about Tijuana since the 1960s. His latest book, "Voces de la Calle," (Voices from the Street) will be on sale at the event, which begins at 8 p.m. Genel is known for his broadcast editorials and writes a column, Primera Plana (or Front Page), in Frontera. His column on Wednesday is entitled "Our Problems" and is about how Mexico's educational system is failing the country and contributing to the nation's crime problems. The book is a compilation of past columns.

Tickets are 200 pesos and are on sale at Libro Club stores in Tijuana. The velada event is being sponsored by the groups Alianza Civil, Comunicadores de Baja California and Patronato de la Opera. The price of admission will include a glass of wine, tributes to Genel and musical performances by mezzo-soprano María Vargas and tenors José Medina and Mario Antonio Labastida. Andrés Chavarín also will perform. For more information, contact or call Libro Club at the Tijuana number 686-2191 or contact

Monday, February 7, 2011

Broadcaster Carmen Aristegui fired for airing remarks
about president possibly having a drinking problemCarmen Aristegui

Anchorwoman Carmen Aristegui has been fired from broadcaster MVS after airing and discussing a poster raised by opposition members in Congress last week alleging that President Calderón has a drinking problem. Story in the Hollywood Reporter.

There have long been rumors about Calderón's alleged drinking. In his new book, "2012: La Sucesión," journalist Rafael Loret de Mola says he spoke Sept. 9, 2009, with then-Coahuila Gov. Humberto Moreira, who has been elected as national leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). Loret de Mola recounts this exchange:

Moreira: "What you can expect of a president who only has half a term left? The other half, lost. He has canceled state dinners."

Loret de Mola: "For alcoholism, governor?"

Moreira: "That's what they say."

Former Televisa anchorman Jacobo Zabludovski discusses the Aristegui incident.

Aristegui remains anchor of the program Aristegui at CNN en Español.


Satuday, February 5, 2011

"Papers' Plight: Merge or Die"—
column about Southern California newspapers

James Rainey column 2011-02-05James Rainey's column Saturday in the Los Angeles Times about Southern California newspapers says the Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register and the San Diego Union-Tribune might have to merge in order to survive. It could be good if San Diego readers were able to read the Times' Mexico and border coverage, such as Nicholas Riccardi's story about a federal appeals court ruling about an Arizona case: "Judgment against rancher for illegal migrants upheld." And for L.A. and Orange County readers to see U-T stories from Sandra Dibble, such as this one, "Defendant fails to appear for Baja's first oral trial" and the followup on Page One on Saturday, "New oral trials make a debut in Baja California."