Reporter Linda Ellerbee on the US Media Portrayal of Mexico

Linda Ellerbee, NY based journalist wrote a nice article about being a part-time resident of Puerto Vallarta and the realities vs. perceptions of security in Mexico.

Below is an excerpt from the article. For the full article, click here.

“Too much of the noise you’re hearing about how dangerous it is to come to Mexico is just that — noise. But the media love noise, and too many journalists currently making it don’t live here. Some have never even been here. They just like to be photographed at night, standing near a spotlighted border crossing, pointing across the line to some imaginary country from hell. It looks good on TV.

Another thing. The U.S. media tend to lump all of Mexico into one big bad bowl. Talking about drug violence in Mexico without naming a state or city where this is taking place is rather like looking at the horror of Katrina and saying, “Damn. Did you know the U.S. is under water?” or reporting on the shootings at Columbine or the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City by saying that kids all over the U.S. are shooting their classmates and all the grownups are blowing up buildings. The recent rise in violence in Mexico has mostly occurred in a few states, and especially along the border. It is real, but it does not describe an entire country.

It would be nice if we could put what’s going on in Mexico in perspective, geographically and emotionally. It would be nice if we could remember that, as has been noted more than once, these drug wars wouldn’t be going on if people in the United States didn’t want the drugs, or if other people in the United States weren’t selling Mexican drug lords the guns.”

Linda Ellerbee


One thought on “Reporter Linda Ellerbee on the US Media Portrayal of Mexico”

  1. Dear Linda

    I feel that I´m in debt with you. I loved your article and have been sending it out to many freinds and guests that have voiced concerns about visiting us in Michoacan. We are close to the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries and have received many foreign visitors in the past.
    I appreciate you objectivity and want to express my gratitude. Hopefully we get the pleasure to welcome you in Agua Blanca any time soon.
    Thomas and Anita Behn-Eschenburg
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