Reuters calls Mexico’s socialist, Fidel Castro-aligned PRI "centrists"
by Eric Dondero
This is an absolutely stunning example of off-the-charts liberal media bias.
In an article, April 5, "Mexican conservatives revamp presidential bid." Reuters throws the centrist label on the hardline socialist partido revolucionario institucional (pri):
[Josefina] Vazquez Mota (photo) trails by double digits behind Enrique Pena Nieto, a former state governor running for the centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI.PRI's socialist ties
The PRI ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century until it was ousted by the PAN in 2000. It is now trying to capitalize on voters' frustrations with President Felipe Calderon's administration and a drug war that has left more than 50,000 people dead in the past five years.
PRI has a long history of associations with the worldwide socialist movement dating back to the 1920s. The party was founded by socialists from the "campesino" movement. PRI boasts that their ideology is "for the campesino class." The party is a longstanding member of Socialist Internacional. Additionally, PRI has long aligned itself with the policies of Cuba's communist dictator Fidel Castro, and has had warm friendly relations with other communists throughout Latin America, including Nicauragua's Daniel Ortega and of couse, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. PRI representatives even attended a Pan-Latin American conference on socialism in Caracas hosted by Chavez in 2010. (Source: PRI - Yucatan)
A libertarian party in Mexico?
Moreover, to call PAN "conservative," is a stretch. The Party has consistently opposed American immigration policy. PAN is more corporatist, than consistently pro-free market. Though, they can be described as conservative Catholic on social matters including abortion.
There is essentially no rightist party in Mexico. The spectrum runs from an assortment of far left parties including Partido de la Revolución Democrática and Partido del Trabajo, to the hard left PRI to centrist PAN.
There is a website for an explicitly libertarian party in Mexico, Partido Libertario de México. The site suggests they are "Objectivists," adhering to the philosophy of prosperity and Objectivist ethics. There seems to be little political activity. They do advise to be "careful," in voting for Vazquez Mota.