Photo: Does Felipe Calderón Have an Alcoholism Problem?
Controversy in Mexico is stirring due to an alleged alcoholism problem of President Felipe Calderon, while a deputy of the Labor Party assures that the Mexican leader has problems with alcohol.
Gerardo Fernández Noroña, a firm opponent of the government of Felipe Calderón, ignited a controversy when he showed up to a session of the Chamber of Deputies with a banner depicting a drunken Calderón that read, “Would you allow a drunk man to drive your car? No, right? Then why do you allow him to drive a country?”
Renowned journalist Carmen Aristegui commented on the incident on her radio show for the MVS Network on February 4 2011.
“[…] Let’s pay attention to the issue, and leave the question opened; It is not the first time that word is out about Calderon’s alleged alcoholism problem, if you’re a user of social networks, it is not unusual to see comments that allude to that circumstance, which we cannot verify, there’s no specific information that we can use to support whether or not the president has an alcoholism problem,” Aristegui said on the air.
“Does the president have alcoholism problems, or not? The Presidency of the Republic should issue a clear, official, formal answer to the question. There’s nothing offensive—I think, when somebody (if it’s the case), is going through a problem of this nature; alcoholism, which is a health phenomenon very studied, has different explanations when it happens to people, requires treatment, it is not a situation that should be caricaturized. If it is the case, if there are firm elements that reveal a problem of alcoholism in the president, it should be treated with all the seriousness of the case.”
A Twitter message sent on Sunday and signed by Kirén Miret, Aristegui’s personal assistant, said that the journalist was no longer going to be in the air as MVS had cancelled her contract.
The network said that Aristegui had “transgressed our Ethics Code, reason why we terminated our contractual relationship”
Journalist Lydia Cacho twitted that she had learned by Aristegui’s staff that the Presidency had written an apology letter and demanded the journalist read it on the air.
Colombian newspaper El Tiempo spoke with Ferardo Fernández Noroña, the deputy that started the fire.
Why are you so sure president Calderón has an alcoholism problem?
It is a long story that started since Calderón was Deputy Coordinator. He has always been fond of partying and with the secretary of government Francisco Blake, the two went and partied hard. We have always been aware of the dependency to alcohol that the current president, who by the way, stole that title.
It has been a permanent problem that can’t keep happening, It is not possible that someone with a responsibility so important, takes decisions in such a state.
Why bringing up the subject right now?
It was my decision. I’ve been a firm opponent, I think we should force him to resign; he’s doing a terrible damage to the country. He’s connected with drug trafficking, to the auctioning of oil, of electric energy, of the national patrimony!
I’ve accused him of selling the nation; I’ve demonstrated his level of corruption, and now, this additional fact, his problem with alcohol. A fact that really carries not much importance, but which the president seems to be hurt about, he even shut down journalist Carmen Aristegui from the radio, barely for asking whether my allegations were true or not.
Are you trying to say that the Mexican Government ordered the dismissal of Carmen Aristegui from the MVS network?
I don’t have the slightest doubt about it. It was undoubtedly the pressure of the government to the radio network what produced the exit of one of the best, most important journalists in Mexico, and the demise of one of the radio shows in México with the most faithful audience.