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Wednesday, July 05, 2006


Rewriting history as it happens

As a recount (I'm not sure why it's actually called a "re"count, since from all available evidence it seems to be the first actual full count) of the Mexican election starts, showing Lopez Obrador with a 2.6% lead (!), Reuters does its best to help its readers forget the past:
The initial preliminary results earlier this week had given Calderon, a pro-U.S. former energy minister, a lead of 0.6 percent.
But this is pure nonsense. Every single news report of the "initial" result, like this one from the Washington Post, showed Calderon with a 1.0% lead, not a 0.6% lead. The drop from 1.0 to 0.6% occured only a day later, after Lopez Obrador complained that 3.0 million votes (!!) had not been counted, and still only included 2.5 million of those votes, leaving out a full 900,000 which "hadn't yet arrived" from remote regions (hence my comment above about the "re"count).

In its coverage today of the "re"count, Reuters mentions neither the 2.5 (or 3.4) million missing votes, nor the initial supposed lead of 1.0% for Calderon. Now you see it, now you don't.

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