Two Sides on Honduran Coup: Except One Side Lives in the Future

Posted on July 1, 2009

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Today’s New York Times has a perfect example of the kind of false dichotomy that has become the hallmark of mainstream news reporting–the Officials, which usually number a handful Vs.  Just about everyone else.

Whether Mr. Zelaya merited removal remains a strong point of debate in Honduras. Fierce clashes erupted Monday between thousands of soldiers and thousands of Mr. Zelaya’s backers. The protesters blocked streets, set fires and hurled stones at the soldiers, who fired tear gas in response. But opponents of Mr. Zelaya said they intended to rally Tuesday in support of his ouster.

Perfectly reasonable journalism. On the one side you have “opponents”, none of which could be found but who planned to demonstrate today with the coup’s leader, Roberto Micheletti.  And on the other you have thousands who have been out in the street since Sunday risking their lives in protest in defiance of a military-backed curfew–military violence has been the cause of two deaths so far, with over sixty injured. The casualties continue to mount as people resist the military take-over of their country.

But yes, this sounds like a strong debate, indeed–one side is being killed in the streets today, the other side living in the future.

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