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NPT Media: Texas Observer: The national media invades El Paso—and gets the story wrong.

Article in the Texas Observer about the Drug War and media coverage of El Paso and the Border:

That’s the reality these days for El Pasoans. Or rather, it’s the twisted perception created by border-warrior politicians and national news media, and foisted on Juarez’s relatively peaceful sister city. For El Pasoans and residents of nearby border towns, it might all be a mere oddity—maybe even worth a chuckle—if it didn’t mean the construction of 18-foot border walls, blustery talk about National Guard troop surges, and new resources for the disastrous war on drugs. While “troop surge,” “border wall,” and “drug war” might sound irresistibly sexy to politicians and pundits, it’s border residents who have to live with the fences and tanks and consequences.

And, of course, the article includes some great quotes:

“I’m happy that the border is an important place,” Negron said. “But I’m not happy about the context in which they place it.

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

April 17, 2009 at 11:14 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. So, what else is new? I can remember when El Paso, my beautiful city, wasn’t even on tne state’s radar. Our streets were unpaved, gangs ruled our barrios, we lived in presidios with the very minimum of amenities, but, did our own politicians care? Hell, no! We were governed by uncaring Anglos who believed that, because we were Mexicans, we were used to doing without and we didn’t need as much as they did. I mean, this is true. I’m not whining and not making it up. We were without running water, without sidewalks, and, as I said before, without paved streets. But, as the saying goes, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. As kids, we would fix the unpaved streets so that cars would get stuck in the mud. We would then offer to help them out, at a price, of course. If they didn’t want to pay, we would let them flounder and struggle to free their vehicles. At the once, we were Mexicans, content inside our own skins and happy to be El Pasoans and Mexicans, despite the poverty and the lack of opportunities. Did the rest of Texas care? Hell, no! But, you see, we are survivors. We never give up and we keep fighting. Things are much improved, but only because we forced the changes. Those changes didn’t come about of their own accord. Yet, the struggle continues. That’s why I laugh so hard when pundits like Sean Hannity say they’re coming to our border to view the situation. They’re here for a few days, and, all of a sudden, they are experts on our way of life. What a joke. Pero, como dijo Benito Juarez – “El respeto al derecho ajeno, es la paz.” Orale!

    On another note: It’s amazing that here it is 2009, and we’re still fighting battles with farm growers who use pesticides on their crops, creating dangerous situations for farm workers. The play by Nephtali de Leon, “El Moscas y las pesticidas,” points out the fact that Mexican farm workers are still fighting against the killer pesticides that growers use to protect their crops against insect invasions. Who cares? We do, and so should everyone else. That situation definitely needs to change, and so it shall.

    Sin Fin

    Joe Olvera

    April 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm

  2. Hey, Joe, pundits are not the only ones who go somewhere, file a story and then get known as “experts.”

    Politicians do it too. Like Kerry’s recent antics. And there was a general who retired here and got a $$$ job at UTEP based on his “experience,” too. His experience was a two-year job and the ability to speak Spanish.

    No wonder the leaders of this country are so lousy at examining issues and doing intelligent things.

    They are all inflating their resumes, while in the background the TV blares out the findings of pundits and “journalists” who are inflating their understanding of issues. Each likes, and feeds off, the other. So it’s a giant echo chamber of media, politicians (and, of course, money from various interest groups).

    The smartest person I’ve ever met who understands border issues in the El Paso area is a person who grew up in Barrio Segundo. I’m sure there are a lot more like that person. They should be reporting and making bills, not these half-wit newcomers.

    Whoops? Will the Department of Homeland Security consider me an extremist for writing that last paragraph??

    4 Borders Pundit

    April 18, 2009 at 7:19 am


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