From an article by Selden Rodman in National Review (Jan. 22):
Haitian television, like Haitian art, is inventive, surprising, surrealistic -- everything you don't expect or want television to be. . . .
Coverage of Election Day, Nov. 29, the most tragic day in Haitian history, was no exception. At 5:15 p.m., the provisional president, Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy, whose troops had joined Tontons Macoutes eight hours earlier in shooting down defenseless Haitians at the capital's polling places, appeared briefly on the government's television channel to explain why the elections had been dissolved. The Electoral Committee (CEP), which had been empowered by Haiti's new constitution to supervise the voting, had failed to maintain "law and order," he said, and had been negotiating with "foreign powers" (unnamed) to "interfere in the internal affairs of the country."
. . . It was then that Haitian television truly swung into action. All other channels had been blacked out by Gen. Namphy's CNG (the Army junta that has been running Haiti ever since the dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier was flown to Paris on a U.S. Army jet on Feb. 7, 1986). But it seems that the CNG was not quite ready with a newsreel being prepared to document its charge of CEP treachery. So the station presented "appropriate background music" in the form of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony. But after the second movement, the station was apparently ordered to speed up. Without pause the Scherzo followed, cut to the bone; . . . the long Finale was disposed of . . . in four minutes.
At that point the camera cut to an interminable speech by a CNG spokesman addressing a sullen crowd in Petit Goave, charging that the CEP had prepared ballots there only for the use of "its candidate."