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Anaya's spot, INE's cynicism

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Lorenzo Córdova, president of the INE – File photo/EL UNIVERSAL
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Anaya's spot, INE's cynicism 

Such cynicism. The National Electoral Institute (INE), presided by Lorenzo Córdova, allows the broadcasting during state times of an advertising spot featuring Ricardo Anaya where he defends himself of a personal issue which has nothing to do with his political party, the National Action Party (PAN). The issue in question is about the proceeding of his vast estate and that of his in-laws, and not only does the INE allow its broadcast but it also refuses EL UNIVERSAL it's right of rebuttal and other cautionary measures. However, the INE is demanding this newspaper provide them the right of rebuttal over the Newspaper Leader feature in which the actions of the Institute are criticized. The Law is clear: El Gran Diario de México isn't bound to publish the rebuttal because the feature in question is an opinion, not an article. Yet, we do provide the space in our pages to publish the reply letter of the INE on the opinion of this newspaper, in order to demonstrate the absurdity of the arguments used to validate the broadcasting of the spot, in favor of Ricardo Anaya. We've got the message: for the INE, the only voice worthy of being heard – even if it tells lies – is that of the parties...a good message to send in favor of the freedom of speech. And by the way, the INE supporting the spot has encouraged Anaya, because now the young man has requested to extend its broadcasting 4 days more, and of course, the INE approved it pursuant to the right of freedom of speech of Mr. Ricardo. Well done, Lorenzo!

Who made a fool out of Mancera in the Vatican?

Many eyebrows and questions were raised after the handout of the award Giuseppe Sciacca to the Mayor of Mexico City Miguel Ángel Mancera – for his program Doctor at Your Home – was canceled. The problem, we're told, is that someone made a fool out of Mr. Miguel Ángel in a dirty trick in which the name of Armando Martínez appears, of the Catholic attorneys, who had everyone believe this was a recognition from the Vatican when in reality a secular organization is behind the award. The other issue is that American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke – the one in charge of handing out the award – fervently opposes abortion and somewhere down the road, several Mexican anti-abortion groups – among them, Pro Vida – sent several letters to prevent the award from reaching the hands of the Minister of Health Armando Ahued, who has been a defendant of the medical and social benefits of policies for the legal termination of pregnancy and who is a member of the government who considers this “progressive legislation” dignifies women. Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Twat or fag?

A vulgar slang word to refer to a woman's genitals, or a person who is regarded as stupid or obnoxious, this is the definition provided by the English Oxford Dictionary for the word “twat”. This same dictionary defines “fag”, in North American English, as an offensive and informal word to refer to a male homosexual, short for faggot. Regardless of the word used, someone was surely insulted last Thursday in San Lázaro when, during a meeting, a group of Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) female deputies shouted to the National Regeneration Party (MORENA) legislator Mario Ariel Juárez “Eeeehh, you fag!” after Mr. Mario accused César Camacho, the coordinator of the PRI, of corruption. Mr. César sprang to the defense of the deputies yesterday and clarified they didn't yell “fag” but “twat”. What a relief! This is clearly an adequate insult, appropriate for Parliament legislators which obviously have the highest respect for the legislative venue of their country.

Murat's year

Difficult is saying little when talking about the first year of the administration of Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat. In addition to the earthquakes and hurricanes and the brawls with the National Teacher's Union (CNTE), the governor has found he's now terribly in debt, courtesy of his predecessor, Gabino Cué. Today, Murat will present his first state of the state address and we're told there will be, at least, some good news. The first one, that he managed to decrease the state debt by $1,500 million Mexican pesos and, that unlike previous administrations, the law has been enforced against former public officials and false leaders in his entity. The other is that he will make a millionaire investment on wind energy.

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