Last weekend, CBS News reported that the Mexican Governor of the state of Coahuila, Miguel Riquelme, claimed that the death toll from a weekend battle between drug cartel members and security forces left 22 dead.
On Monday, December 2, 2019, Riquelme said two additional gunmen died. He did not reveal whether they died of injuries from the gun battle on Saturday, November 30, 2019 or in a subsequent operation.
Police and soldiers swept across the area surrounding Villa Union for those involved.
Riquelme told Radio Formula last Monday that all hostages in the situation were rescued.
The governor said 16 gunmen and four police officers were killed. Additionally, he revealed that gunmen murdered two civilians after being kidnapped.
According to the governor, six more officers were wounded as well.
Francisco Contreras, a state security agency official, stated that the two civilians killed in the encounter were a firefighter and an engineer employed at the municipality.
The motive behind the military-style attack has yet to be determined. Cartels have a history of jockeying for control of smuggling routes in northern Mexico, but there was no evidence off the bat indicating that a rival drug cartel had been targeted in Villa Union.
The governor claimed that the armed group, which was decked out in military outfits, stormed the town of 3,000 people in a convoy of trucks. They attacked local government offices and prompted state and federal forces to intervene. A few gunmen stole vehicles as they escaped and kidnapped residents to guide them out.
Falko Ernst, the senior Mexico analyst for the non-profit organization Crisis Group, said there is very little incentive for armed groups to prevent violence.
“Solving this issue — which underpins impunity —- would have to be the centerpiece of an integrated security strategy. But such a thing is yet to be presented by (President) López Obrador and his team,” Ernst stated.
“The price of that absence is not least the flaring up of regional conflict scenarios.”
Mexico’s overall homicide rate has reached historically high levels, increasing by 2 percent in the first 10 months of the presidency of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. In 2019, federal officials said there have been 29,414 homicides in comparison to the 28,869 during the same period of 2018.
October witnessed the Sinaloa cartel outgun the Mexican federal government and forced them to release the son of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.
The following month, 9 Americans were slaughtered in a cartel shootout in Mexico.
When lumping all of these incidents together, one can then see how it’s undeniable that Mexico is a failed state.
Not reforming immigration and erecting some type of solid barrier between the two countries will prove to be disastrous for American security and demographical balance in the long-term.
Fox News Ratings Crater, Trailing CNN and MSNBC for First Time in 21 Years
A brutal collapse over the past two-and-a-half months.
Recent data from Nielsen shows that Fox News finished behind both CNN and MSNBC in ratings to open the month of January.
This is the first time in twenty-one years that that has happened, according to Daily Wire.
Nielsen’s ratings data shows that CNN finished number one among cable news networks with approximately 2.8 million viewers per day from January 4 through January 10, including 4.2 million in primetime.
MSNBC came in second with 2.3 million viewers per day and 3.8 million in primetime. And in third was Fox News with 1.7 million viewers per day and 3.2 million in primetime.
This is tough data for the conservative-leaning network. Over the past couple decades Fox has become accustomed to completely dominating the ratings, oftentimes receiving more viewership than CNN and MSNBC combined. Several factors contribute to the fall of Fox, including but not limited to:
- The death of Roger Ailes in 2017 and subsequent changes in network leadership
- Their disastrous Election Night coverage on November 3
- Donald Trump’s loss to Joe Biden
- An ostensible effort to distance themselves from Trump
- A real or perceived softening of their conservatism in general
- Trump’s public irritation with the network, to the point of telling people to migrate over to Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN)
Fox News has recently announced lineup changes as well. This is standard practice in the cable news industry and may not have much to do with their suffering ratings, though there’s a likely possibility that it does. Fox will be adding an hour-long opinion show in place of Martha MacCallum’s news show “The Story,” which had fallen behind both CNN and MSNBC’s 7pm timeslots after a stretch of being “comfortably ahead in ratings.” The network will also shuffle some of their daytime lineup.
As Joe Biden works through his first 100 days as president, it will be interesting to see how Fox News continues to perform, not only in comparison with CNN and MSNBC, but also with OANN and Newsmax.
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