Cablegate: Media Reaction: U.S. Relief Efforts in Haiti; 01/27/10;
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O R 271941Z JAN 10
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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: U.S. RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI; 01/27/10;
SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION; U.S. RELIEF EFFORTS IN HAITI; 01/27/10;
1. The top Haiti story on January 27 was the U.S. troops'
"miraculous" rescue of a survivor from the ruins of a collapsed
building. Some media also covered Secretary Clinton's strong
defense of U.S. relief efforts in response to those who criticized
the U.S. decision to send troops along with civilians. An opinion
piece in pro-government, left-of-center newspaper Pagina 12 warned
against an international adoption NGO with an office in Florida,
which allegedly failed to deliver children as promised. End
"MIRACULOUS" U.S. RESCUE
TOPS HEADLINES ON HAITI
2. Several newspapers and TV stations reported very positively on
the U.S. troops' "miraculous" rescue of a survivor two weeks after
the earthquake. Leading circulation Clarin, daily-of-record La
Nacion, pro-U.S., conservative La Prensa, English-language and
liberal Buenos Aires Herald, and Clarin Group's Todo Noticias cable
TV station highlighted the rescue, adding that it came as U.S.
relief efforts were focused on getting help to hundreds of
thousands of survivors.
"HAITI: U.S. DEFENDS ITS ASSISTANCE"
3. Daily-of-record La Nacion and state-owned Telam wire service
agency picked up an AP and EFE wire service story highlighting
Secretary Clinton's strong defense of the U.S. relief efforts in
Haiti. "I deeply resent those who attack our country, the
generosity of our people and the leadership of our president in
trying to respond to the unprecedented disastrous conditions after
the earthquake," La Nacion quoted the Secretary as saying. Noting
that not only Bolivian President Evo Morales and Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez harshly criticized the U.S. military
deployment but also some international media, the articles also
quoted Secretary Clinton's remarks that "Some international media
did not understand or deliberately misinterpreted" the decision to
send troops along with civilians.
AS A BUSINESS"
4. Under the headline "International adoption as a business,"
pro-government, left-of-center Pagina 12 warned against Angel Faces
International Adoption Organization and its Argentine head,
Cristina Isabel Gutierrez. According to the article, the
organization, which reportedly has an office in Florida, used an
Internet site (www.angelfaces-adopcion-internacional.org) and a
Yahoo forum to offer assistance in the adoption of "unprotected
children" from Haiti arriving "by the hundreds" to the U.S.
However, Gutierrez reportedly later said she would not be able to
provide the service as a result of lack of support from the U.S.
government. Pagina 12 also prints a side-box noting that the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising Argentines not to adopt
Haitian children based on the UN Convention on Children's Rights
and UNICEF dictates.
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