Still, the mainstream media remained mum about the discovery and instead published several accounts detailing the progress of talks between the interim Honduran government and mediators in Costa Rica. The AP, Reuters, CNN, BBC News, and even Fox News looked the other way while evidence implicating Zelaya and his supporters in a fraudulent vote was unearthed in Tegucigalpa for all who cared to look. Pictures were provided by the authorities as well as samples of the evidence they uncovered. They even held press conferences to answer questions related to the find.
And yet for some reason, the mainstream media — who have been camped out in Tegucigalpa for weeks now — decided to cover their eyes, their ears, and in effect, cover their mouths to this game-changing revelation.
The truth is that this bombshell discovery was very inconvenient to a mainstream media that had already decided to take the side of the deposed Honduran president. From the beginning of the crisis they used terms such as “military takeover” and “coup d’etat” to describe the events that took place, ignoring the fact that when the Honduran government removed Zelaya from office it was following the rule of law that was plainly spelled out in their democratic constitution. Instead, they chose to echo the same words and terms used by such giants of democracy as Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, pursuing a course to establish a perception of the reality in Honduras instead of the actual reality.
If the mainstream media were to report on this story of voter fraud on a colossal scale, they would run the risk of clearing up the waters they had so carefully muddled over the past few weeks and jeopardize the return to power of the corrupt Zelaya. Although this type of behavior by the mainstream media is not surprising to many of us, it is still shocking when they are this blatant and deliberate in their attempt to keep the truth hidden. All the more shocking are the effects such conduct by the mainstream media can have on the Honduran people who only want their leaders to follow the rule of law. Truth, as well as the will and desire of the Honduran people, is trumped by the media’s desire to keep a fraudulent leader who shares their ideological beliefs in power. Perhaps a few dozen, or maybe hundreds or thousands of innocent Hondurans will die in the process, but the mainstream media is seemingly not worried about that prospect.
Fortunately, facts have a nasty habit of lasting forever, and just because the mainstream media chooses to look the other way, or cover their ears, or remain silent, it does not mean these facts will cease to exist. Perceptions come and go, but facts, if you do not deal with them, will eventually deal with you. That is something even Mizaru, Mikazaru, and Mazaru, the three wise monkeys, know.