Global News Blog: Mexican Media Reports What Sells, Not What Happens

March 31, 2009  

Posted by Kelsey Howard

Recently, many members of the El Tricolor soccer team in Mexico have criticized the media for not supporting them, even when they deserve it. Team member Nery Castillo lashed out at the media during a recent press conference saying, “You [the media] are always looking for ways to criticize.” Strangely enough, Castillo might be right.

El Tricolor won 2-0 against Costa Rica on Saturday, but only after several days of negative press coverage leading up to the event. The media continually focused on the loss to Costa Rica in 2001 in Estadio Azteca. Since then El Tricolor has won multiple times in different elimination rounds to go to the World Cup.

But the wins have not been the focus. Another team member, Pavel Pardo, was also critical of the team’s treatment by the media. Pardo said, “It’s true, the only things they talk about are the bad things. How can someone create something positive with a pessimist culture?” Read the full story here.

And although Tricolor won over Costa Rica on Saturday, they have not been terribly successful this season. Could the media be held responsible for the negative outcomes of the team? I don’t necessarily think it is the media’s role to boost the team moral, but I do think they deserve fair coverage. El Tricolor’s losses could be a self-fulfilling prophecy if the media always predict defeat.

Is the Mexican media just trying to sell what people will read? And if so, is that so much different than how the media covers events in the United States? Maybe, but I think this type of coverage deserves a closer look.

The media should be an unbiased source of news, and predictions should be carefully calculated. I think Castillo and Pardo would agree.

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One Response to “Global News Blog: Mexican Media Reports What Sells, Not What Happens”

  1. Eric on March 31st, 2009 3:27 pm

    Don’t forget that internationally, football (futbol, soccer) teams are everything. How they perform impacts how the country feels about itself. Sort of like the way Dallas feels after the Cowboys win or lose, except the football (futbol, soccer) teams affect the entire couintry. So when Mexico started its qualifying for World Cup 2012 with a less-than stellar record, despite hiring well-known coach Sven Goran Erickson as a new manager, negativity flowed nationwide. This leads to the age old question about agenda setting — Is the media reporting the negativety because that’s what the people want, or are the people asking for negative reporting because that’s what they’re being fed?