Latin America update: Malia in Mexico UPDATE 7.9 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES MEXICO CITY
posted at 1:16 pm on March 20, 2012 by Fausta Wertz
The big story right now is that, not only did First Daughter Malia Obama, age 13, head to Mexico with a dozen of her closest friends and 25 (count ’em!) Secret Service agents, but also that the White House told news agencies to pull stories on Malia’s trip.
The Blaze has screenshots from The Telegraph (UK) (nothing to see now!), the HuffPo (which leads to the main website, not the story), and Global Grind (which takes you to Google). The Tatler has even more instances of the disappeared story. Even the Freepers pulled the story.
Putting aside the State Department warnings to Americans planning to travel in Mexico, and the questions of whether a 13-yr old should be going on Spring Break without her parents, whether we the taxpayers should be paying for 40 people to go on that trip, or whatever else you want to gripe about, is the real issue, as Brian Doherty put it,
this unfolding incident…seems to indicate the White House can get a wide range of sites to take down stories, even if it is just with gentle persuasion or appeals to some higher standard. And that is highly unnerving.
Meanwhile, the Mexicans are coping with cars exploding in front of newspaper offices in Tamaulipas (a state on the US-Mex border) in the north, and 12 policemen ambushed and killed when investigating the beheadings of 12 people in Guerrero, in the south.
Makes you wonder why Malia and her friends couldn’t be told to go to Fort Lauderdale like everybody else.
A strong, long earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state shook central southern Mexico today, swaying buildings in Mexico City and sending frightened workers and residents into the streets.
The U.S. Geological Survey initially set the intensity at 7.9 and said the epicenter was 11 miles underground. Mexico’s National Seismological Survey said the temblor had an epicenter southwest of Ometepec.
If Malia’s party is not out of Mexico yet, us taxpayers will also be paying extra for the emergency evacuation.
Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog.