The New York Times has a fondness for highlighting only news from Mexico that deals with narcos and their threats. Today, write in the middle, above the fold, this headline: For Mexico's Wealthy, Life Under Guard. The second sentence of the caption starts off, "As drug-related violence spirals..."
Of course this is a grave problem, possibly exacerbated by the militaristic approach to handling it that Calderón has undertaken. I don't know if he's wrong or right to have done so. You can read arguments on both sides.
I do know that headlines and stories such as these, accompanied by a podcast, an interview with a Times foreign editor and Marc Lacey, the correspondent for Mexico and Central America, don't do much to enlighten readers or to explain what goes on in Mexico. It is a most superficial and unnecessarily frightening view.
Please comment freely, describe your experiences in Mexico or ask questions if you are outside Mexico. We really need to get away from these stereotypical images which the Times seems happy to spread on its front pages a la The National Enquirer. They don't educate or help anyone.
The New York Times needs to do better