The New York Times and Mexican Public Opinion 2018 and 2006

Houston, Aug. 1, 2018 (MEI 102290)

This report concerns two instances in which the pages of The New York Times have been employed to communicate messages to Mexican audiences and influence public opinion outside of Mexico.

In July 2018, the shareholders of a struggling drilling contractor, Oro Negro, utilized a paid insertion that was intended to threaten Pemex with a claim for liquidated damages in a NAFTA panel for the resolution of investor-State controversies. On Aug. 11, 2006, an op-ed by a struggling presidential candidate, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, set forth his grievances about the recount of the votes that had been cast on July 2nd. Table 1 lists recent press titles related to Oro Negro. Annex A is the edited draft of the op-ed that was submitted for publication.

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