Fifi Press?


Thank you to all who commented on the blog post I wrote yesterday. I can see that most readers are in synch with the opinion I have about “the bully”. I hope today’s post will garner as much favour, but I won’t be surprised if it does not.

Last July, voters expressed their discontent with the past six federal administrations by electing Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the presidency with an overwhelming majority. Yes, yes, yes… AMLO did promise the moon before he fully figured out a way to deliver it. And this is coming back to haunt him, because there are provocateurs urging Mexicans to expect magic, on demand.

But let’s put things into perspective.  When I stack AMLO’s leadership up against any of the presidents of the past 30+ years, he comes up smelling like a rose – a bit wilted and missing a few petals – but a rose nonetheless. The six of them also promised the moon – along with the sun and the stars – they did not mention however, that we’d have to pay through the teeth for the lion’s share, they’d keep for themselves.

Almost every day we learn new details of the corruption that has crippled Mexico. Pemex and the power company are two of the worst.  No one seems upset when their directors are raked over the coals. However, shutting down public assistance programs seems cold-hearted. Post-doc scholarships and stipends, for example, have been all but axed. However, the programs are riddled with favouritism and abusive practices. I have experienced this.

Those who did not vote for AMLO were mostly from the privileged sector, and many of them reaped millions of pesos by serving each “overlord” in their turn.

Mexico is extremely polarized on every issue there is. It is impossible to please everyone. But the perpetually loudest gripers are the former mainstream press. There are not enough negative epitaphs to adequately express their loathing for AMLO. He cut off the flow of cash (lots of it) that came their way from the nation’s powerbrokers, especially politicians, who needed to win over public opinion. AMLO lost patience one day and called them the “Fifi Press”. He does not call all reporters by this pejorative, but I agree with him; many of them are “fifi”; they squawk like broken records and write the same old thing. Day in and day out.

Many in this culture place great importance on lineage and looks. López Obrador does not fit their aesthetic and his political agenda is not in keeping with their life style.  In a way, I can’t blame them for being upset at losing what they had; but why don’t they just GO (gracefully or stumbling, I don’t care how) and enjoy the “fruits of their labour”. I know they’d miss the prestige of being players – but hey – sometimes you’re “in” and sometimes you’re “out”.

At a time when we as a nation must work together, these decapitated talking heads are unrelenting in their constant attacks against the president.  With the very real menace that the bully presents, we must learn to get along; if we don’t pull together, we’ll all go down. Fifi press too. Think about it.

Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

13 thoughts on “Fifi Press?

  1. Posted a link to my site. Good work, though it would have been fun if you’d named names. We all have our favorite Fifi… mine is Ricardo Alemán… the Rush Limbaugh of Mexico. He’s totally NUTS!

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  2. I agree, again, although I am not very familiar with the Mexican Press, I have certainly seen th U. S.A. performance. Journalists have a power that carries great responsibility. Words matter! AMLO has responded to the bully with restraint and dignity, as has Justin Trudeau of Canada. Who will the bully offend next?


    1. Well you can take a bully out of his neighbourhood, but you can’t keep him leashed. He is acting as he always does. In “Old Blighty”, the “most powerful man in the world” is grudgingly feted by Her Majesty, and he is too full of himself to recognise that her “sense of duty” and consideration of Britain’s welfare is her motivation… her gentile hospitality certainly does NOT start with respect for him.


  3. Dialogos por la democracia, John Ackerman’s video series from UNAM, is a great antidote. Available on Youtube. Of course some will say that he’s too close to AMLO and Morena, but he’s very smart, brings in excellent people, and the perspective is pan-Latin American. Highly recommended for those who aren’t aware.


    1. Yes, I have seen him, and on your reommendation, I visited the links and rewatched some of the content. In my opinion, John Ackerman is not too close to the president. He realises that Mexico is different from the other nations, and the issues it faces are huge… he is one of the media personalities who sees the absolute necessity for change in Mexico, just as AMLO sees it.


  4. Canada and Mexico need to stand together against ‘the bully’. He wants to be an isolationist, let him be one, whilst the rest of the Americas carry on our lives. He forgets, or doesn’t know, that a significant cause of the American Revolution was the desire of the 13 Colonies to trade outside of the British Mercantile Laws.

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    1. Ah yes, that little piece of history… whenever leadership of a country tries to mandate where the citizens can travel or trade, havock follows. Mind you, I think a certain amount of nationalism is not a bad thing, but it should be part of the corporations’ ethics, not imposed by a bunch of self-serving politicians.


  5. I get my news for the most part from print sources but then again I’m old. The young, and Mexico is a young nation, get their news off the net. Those paid off newscasters are howling in the wind. The old folks see through it and the young are not there to hear it. Our talking heads here in the US hear it and write it up but again it is of little relevance to the voters of Mexico. Let’em howl.


    1. To a point, I agree with you. But I take as much objection to their brazen approach to morality and lack of civility, as I do to the content of their diatribe. I do believe in freedom of the media but we should know when to keep our big mouths shut, so as not to make ourselves look even more foolish.


  6. I totally agree with you. I was at our place in Mexico 2 weeks ago when “la lista” of “chayotero” journalists was released, along with how much they were paid (for those who don’t know, “chayoteros” are those journalists who were paid significant sums by politicians to provide them with favourable press). Wow. Crazy to hear some of the arguments in defence of this practice. But I was also quite impressed with the response by some of the younger and/or alternate media personalities who cut right through the protestations to call this what it is. AMLO knew from the start he would have few friends in mainstream media, and he was very smart to set up his morning talks/press conferences. When in Mexico, we tune in every morning. It’s telling that in polls AMLO continues to have a 70% approval rating. On a separate note, I am a New York Times reader, but I have been disappointed that there has been no information on this “chayotero” issue, nor on the other issue also brought to light by AMLO 2 weeks ago about the group of extremely wealthy Mexicans, major donors to certain political parties, who had their taxes “condonados”, essentially forgiven, through some loopholes in a law that is now being eliminated by the current government. Of course, one of the men affected by this is also the largest shareholder of the NYT…


    1. Oh I know Miriam… the “old boys network” knows no national borders! The businesses, banks,, and other bigwigs call the shots all over the world. I think AMLO is extremely brave to take these characters to task. I do not know how successful he will be, but I know he has the best interests of Mexico as his motivation and he has faith in the people of Mexico. I think we need to strive hardr not to let him down.


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