- "At least six people kidnapped in Mexico hotel raid "
CNN (April 22, 2010)
- "Gunmen abduct 6 from hotels in northern Mexico"
The Associated Press (April 22, 2010)
- "Mexico gunmen kidnap at least six in hotel raids"
BBC (April 22, 2010)
- Includes video
So why is this raid close to being a non-event that never happened?
Drug Lord Troops Seize hotel, Not News: So, What is 'News?'Maybe Mexican drug lords sending their troops to seize someone who has incurred their wrath isn't very interesting. Not when there are riveting events to report on, like:
- An American financial institution allegedly trying to make money
- And that ever-popular Catholic sex scandal!
- There may be something improper about Goldman Sachs acting like an investment firm dealing with an economic downturn.
- Or, not
- Tornadoes are powerful and unpredictable
- Therefore, exciting.
- As for following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Thomas Nast and Maria Monk: well, that's natural enough, in American culture.
- I've discussed that sort of thing in another blog. (I'm one of those Catholics, and not appropriately apologetic about my faith: so you may not want to follow that link.)
Honestly, though, it looks like the new-car smell of "Yankee imperialism" has faded. We're seeing new slogans, these days:
- "The 90% Solution: American Guns, Mexican Raids, and Common Sense"
(April 2, 2009)
So What?As I wrote before, I'd be somewhat surprised to learn that the Monterrey raid(s) were directly connected to the War on Terror.
On the other hand, I think the reticent and restrained coverage of this event is a pretty good case-in-point for why it's important to study the news: not just read it.