|English | Español||January 23, 2018 | Issue #60|
Channel 10 Owner Breaks News of Men Hugging Men on Floor of Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa
Honduran Military Utilizes “Weird Apparatus” in an Effort to Drive Them Out
By Belén Fernández
Rodrigo Wong Arévalo, CEO of Channel 10.
Wong – CEO of Channel 10 and owner of various fashion, sports and tourism magazines – proceeded with his own interpretation of journalism and revealed another photo, this one depicting Zelaya’s companions sleeping on the floor and in chairs under a poster that read “Brasil.” Aghast at the scene inside the embassy, Wong objected that the dirty sleepers were not paying rent and suggested that some of the male sleepers were even hugging other male sleepers. He nonetheless continued to characterize the embassy as a center of incitement and agitation despite the fact that everyone was asleep, with drowsiness perhaps an effect of pre-dawn military efforts to dislodge Zelaya supporters in front of the embassy with tear gas and rubber bullets. As for a videotaped interview with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva shown on Abriendo Brecha, the Brazilian president refrained from urging Zelaya to chip in on rent or electricity but did urge him to refrain from creating a pretext for golpista violence.
When Lula then reiterated that the golpistas must leave the government, Wong disregarded the pronouncement as Lula’s personal opinion and stressed that other opinions were being registered in Brazilian newspapers. The next several minutes of airtime were thus devoted to live video footage of online periodicals in Portuguese, while whoever at Channel 10 was in charge of operating the computer mouse attempted unsuccessfully to click on the photo of the reclined Zelaya. The mouse operator eventually switched to a photo of the US embassy in Tegucigalpa and an article in Spanish on the possibility of transferring custody of the Honduran president to other nationalities, which is perhaps one of the reasons that the Brazilian functionary opposed to Zelaya’s presence in his embassy used the term “hot potato.”
One of the reasons that I watched Channel 10 for 1.5 hours yesterday was meanwhile the curfew imposed by the Micheletti regime, which has already clocked 42 consecutive hours. The curfew announcement had made me wonder at my selection of a windowless pension in downtown Tegucigalpa, where curfew duty fell to a 60-year-old employee named Pedro who enjoyed a monopoly over the television and rejoiced at the restriction of movement of clientele based on the fact that he did not have to be bothered to open the door for anyone. He did, however, let me out of the hotel yesterday morning after emphasizing that I would be arrested, robbed, or killed.
Rodrigo Wong Arévalo, as portrayed by a local artist.
In a taped interview on Abriendo Brecha yesterday evening, Micheletti stressed that Zelaya’s sleeping quarters would not be disturbed and reminded the audience that his government had always been open to dialogue, the only problem being that no one wanted to listen. It appeared that he had finally devised a way to make people listen, however, when the Abriendo Brecha news team began describing a new “aparato un poco raro” – a slightly weird apparatus – being used by the Honduran military, which caused Pedro to clap his hands and wonder what sort of technology the United States had invented now. Eventually revealed as the sonar, the weird apparatus was defined as the producer of terrible sounds causing physical and mental anguish.
When the instrument appeared onscreen in the back of pickup truck belonging to the Honduran armed forces that was being slowly driven past the Brazilian embassy, Rodrigo Wong Arevalo missed the opportunity to add “alarm clock” to the sonar’s list of functions. A similarly unpleasant manipulation of airwaves was meanwhile taking place at the hotel, where a delay between the upstairs and downstairs television sets – both programmed to Channel 10 – meant that every utterance was heard twice and sometimes three times if Pedro felt the need to repeat it.
Abriendo Brecha concluded yesterday evening with the announcement that Zelaya’s companions inside the Brazilian embassy had abandoned him and a video of a departing bus. The conclusion was subsequently fine-tuned with the information that in fact a smattering of underage companions had merely been removed from the premises; presumably still inside are the slumbering homosexuals, part of the arsenal of invented issues that the Honduran media will continue to exploit in order to distract from legitimate popular aspirations to constitutional change.
- The Fund for Authentic Journalism