Carlos Loret de Mola Álvarez defines himself as a reporter, and he is. Brilliant, I have to say. He has a charisma in front of the camera that is undeniable. Even for those who focus on the dark episodes of his past in Televisa.
Those of us who have lived and practiced journalism in Mexico know well that Televisa was historically linked to the dominant power. To the mafias in collusion with organized crime from the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and the National Action Party (PAN).
Having worked for so many years on the most watched channel in Mexico and having been involved in episodes as dark as the Florence Cassez montage, are some of the stones that weigh on Loret’s career.
However, after his departure from Televisa in 2019–for reasons that have never been clarified–and his incorporation into LatinUs–with financing never clarified– Loret has become an icon of opposition to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whom he now calls “the would-be dictator.”
From LatinUs numerous scandals of alleged corruption involving relatives of the president have been revealed. They have done a commendable job to dismantle the image that the socialist president wants to sell to his subjects and to the international community. The anti-corruption fighter turned out to be more of the same.
The battle between Loret and López reached an unprecedented level of tension: the president made public -confidential- tax records in which he revealed Loret’s alleged income last year of 35 million pesos ($1.7 million dollars), and he compared them to his own revenue of $2 million pesos ($97,000) during 2021.
Loret quickly denied the amounts, but emphasized that López Obrador’s irresponsibility left him and his family at the mercy of organized crime, in a country where kidnapping is the order of the day and murders of journalists reach alarming levels.
There may be differences with Loret due to his past, but in light of the current anti-democratic situation, in which the president is trying to establish himself as the supreme leader of an authoritarian regime, it is undeniable that his work and that of Brozo is salvageable and necessary for Mexico.
López Obrador does not support dissidence. He comes from where he comes from. Today is Loret. Last week it was Aristegui. This will continue, until he manages to silence them or exile them, in the best style of Hugo Chávez.