Likewise, Penn failed to ask the hard questions about Guzman’s export of mass amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to the United States and around the world. Instead, Guzman was allowed to brag about being the world’s biggest drug exporter (a claim his lawyers now deny that he made) without a moral challenge. Guzman and his Sinaloa Cartel partners are directly responsible for the heroin epidemic now causing a record number of overdose deaths in the United States.

But we learned that Guzman has no responsibility for these real-life consequences, because he grew up poor and had no choice, which is an insult to his own people and the many rural Mexicans who have gone on to lead useful, positive lives in which they didn’t kill thousands. Some of them are doctors who have treated his victims, others are nurses who have been murdered in emergency rooms, still others are journalists who gave their lives reporting the truths

En el artículo que sigue, Vargas Llosa, compara algunos tipos de periodismo con un circo; cuestionando la actuación de Sean Penn:

Circo y periodismo. La entrevista de Sean Penn al Chapo Guzmán sólo se entiende por la frivolidad que contamina la vida política, que conduce al reemplazo de las ideas por el espectáculo