Video frame of the Deputy paying off a reporter. Video frame of the Deputy paying off a reporter.

Deputy tells reporters he won’t pay any more

Tabasco lawmaker was paying reporters for positive stories about his work

A local Deputy in Tabasco has been captured on video paying reporters for positive coverage of his legislative work.


A video recording shows Charles Méndez Sánchez, Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) Deputy for the district of Huimanguillo, warning eight reporters that it was going to be the last time he paid them.

“This is the last time I give you money; from now on I won’t give a single peso, hit me [journalistically] in any way you want, do what you have to do, I will respect [my word] . . . I cannot go on like this,” said Sánchez in the video.

He said he was discontinuing the practice because he no longer had enough money to pay the reporters.

Interviewed later by the newspaper Reforma, the Deputy described the reporters as “pseudo-journalists” because they work at irrelevant “rags and web pages with little significance.”

“. . . They mostly live by extorting people. I said . . . ‘I’m tired, I don’t have to be paying for this kind of thing.'”

Still, Sánchez admitted that he paid between eight and 14 reporters for over a year, since he took office.

The money he paid each reporter, between 100 and 300 pesos every 15 days, came out of his salary.

The Deputy stated he felt he had been played, complaining that the reporters never showed him where they were publishing their stories.

Sánchez charged that the practice is widespread among the Tabasco lawmakers, regardless of their political affiliation, as a means to promote their legislative work.

The practice is actually common throughout Mexico.

Since there are people in need of medications in his district, Sánchez said, funds destined until now for his promotion will be used to meet those needs.

Source: Reforma (sp)

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  • WestCoastHwy

    Donald Trump would be proud!

  • Jungle Cat

    Ahhh These reporters most assuredly were trained by Obama’s administration…

  • K. Chris C.

    There’s a good reason “prostitute” and “propagandist” both start with “p.” And in about 20 years “journalist” will just be a synonym for “propagandist.”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • cooncats

    What does any of this have to do with the U.S?

    Just more of the same old, same old Mexican corruption, great or small but everywhere you look.

  • Commander Barkfeather

    So is Señor Sanchez a victim or a perpetrator? Don’t these reporters (?) have names and faces (also known as credentials)? “The practice is actually common throughout Mexico.” Are you kidding me? There is more to this than some are letting on. Does a lawmaker now feel justified in indulging in a little corruption of his/her own to make up for his/her victimhood? And maybe a little extra for his/her trouble? Do these reporters work for “Fox And Friends?”

  • John Francis

    Well, it’s not REALLY corrupt¡¡¡ If he had stolen the money from all kinds of ways the system lets just about any other politician and administrer, it would be real corruption¡ The fool paid it from his salary! Is that the Mexican way?¿?

  • gypsyken

    I hope that the “reporters” participating in corruption, were, as the politician said, not genuine ones, because if genuine reporters participate in corruption, there can be no hope of ending it. The sad fact that reporters are regularly assassinated for not reporting what they are told to report, or reporting what they are told not to report, suggests that there are still incorruptible reporters engaged in something of a free press in Mexico, which is reason for hope, actually the principal reason for hope.