Mar
18
2011

Haitian Candidate's 'Roguish' Threat to Kill Aristide

Here is Michel Martelly, one of the two conservative candidates vying to be next president of Haiti, courtesy of Kim Ives in an Institute for Public Accuracy release:

In the years following Aristide's restoration to power in 1994, Martelly became obsessed with hatred for the man. In a video from not too long ago, which can be seen on YouTube, the candidate threatens a patron in a bar where he has performed. "All those shits were Aristide's faggots," he says. "I would kill Aristide to stick a dick up your ass."… [Video]

The New York Times has a profile today (3/18/11) of Martelly which alludes to this video–while omitting the worst part. The piece is headlined "A Roguish Candidate Taps Haitians' Discontent."The Times' take on the video is thatMartelly "describes a sex act he would perform on a former president whose politics he disliked." The piece goes on to refer to Martelly's opinion of Aristide as"the popular former priest and two-time president he so obscenely dismissed."

He said he wanted to kill him–that's more than an obscene dismissal.

In another Times piece on Haiti, the paper calls Aristide a "former firebrand priest beloved by the poor but dismissed by others as corrupt," before drawing this equivalence:

He will be the second polarizing figure in Haitian politics to return in recent months: Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former dictator known as Baby Doc, suddenly returned from exile in January and is living quietly here while courts iron out pending human rights and corruption charges related to his government.

As we pointed out before, comparing Aristide's human-rights record to Duvalier's bloody reign is obscene.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.