When it comes to reporting on the nefarious goings-on throughout the world, the mainstream media can be quite selective.
When the perpetrators are individuals or groups who they deem to be less than agreeable, the media will leave no stone unturned in their quest to expose those behind the injustice. However, when someone with whom they share an ideological point of view commits the wicked act, they become the equivalent of the three wise monkeys from the Japanese maxim — they see no evil, they hear no evil, and in the case of the media, they report no evil.
Last Friday, July 17, the Honduran newspaper La Tribuna published a story detailing the Honduran government’s seizure of 45 government-owned computers found hidden in a building adjacent to the presidential palace formally occupied by the deposed President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya. According to the Honduran authorities these computers contained the results of the referendum Zelaya was fervently trying to push through. When the authorities examined those results, they found that the Honduran people had overwhelmingly voted in favor of having a constitutional convention.
This would open the door and allow Zelaya to change the constitution, removing the one-term limit on presidents strictly stipulated by the document. It is similar to what his friend and mentor, Hugo Chavez, did in Venezuela, and Zelaya figured it would work for him, too.
The only problem with these results was that the plebiscite vote never took place.
On the day Zelaya and his supporters were planning to conduct the referendum, he was arrested in the early morning hours and flown to exile in Costa Rica. The voting results found on those computers were all contrived to indicate a predetermined outcome. Considering the extremely volatile situation in Honduras, the news of this alleged fraud, if found to be true, would change the entire dynamic of this crisis. However, all throughout Friday and later into the weekend, even though various Spanish-language news outlets in Nicaragua, Argentina, and Spain had reported on this very significant development, there was no mention of it at all by the English-speaking mainstream media.
The following Saturday morning I posted a story about the breaking news on Babalu Blog, translating a portion of the article published by EuropaPress in Spanish and providing links to the article in La Tribuna and other Spanish sources. By Saturday afternoon several major news blogs were linking to my post, and by Sunday night more news-related blogs had picked up on the story. The news of apparent massive voter fraud perpetrated by Zelaya and his cronies was circling the globe.