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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

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Monday, January 13, 2003
11:12 PM

Opinions will differ... InstaGuy has some extraordinary links to Venezuelan bloggers tonight, which if you investigate a bit further includes a negative reaction to a recent Post story, A Split Screen In Strike-Torn Venezuela by Mark Weisbrot. Here's the story:

Walking around Caracas late last month during Venezuela's ongoing protests, I was surprised by what I saw. My expectations had been shaped by persistent U.S. media coverage of the nationwide strike called by the opposition, which seeks President Hugo Chavez's ouster. Yet in most of the city, where poor and working-class people live, there were few signs of the strike. ...This is clearly an oil strike, not a "general strike," as it is often described.... Outside the oil industry, it is hard to find workers who are actually on strike.

It's kind of a ridiculous story on the face of it (Most Americans seem to believe that the Chavez government is a dictatorship, and one of the most repressive governments in Latin America. But these impressions are false.Not only was Chavez democratically elected, his government is probably one of the least repressive in Latin America... But I'll leave this to Venezuelan blogger Tyromaniac:

I can't tell you how depressing it is to read what passes for news in the the american media. Bloggers are right, media is dead. This is not a General Strike? So how come we can't go to the movies? (all movie theaters in Caracas are closed); Buy a soft drink? (not a single one can be found in Caracas stores, the few you can find are fetching a mark up of 1200%); Drink a beer? (Only a few foreign made beer can be found). What lies! How does a reporter invent them? They probably accept government help to write the report. Forget independent thinking, that's out! Some of the criticism of the opposition is true, but the government has done the same things and that is worse, because the government has a higher responsibility. While it is not in the constitution to held an early election it wasn't in the previous constitution (of 1961) to call for a referendum to make a new constitution, Where was this asshole then? Finally, more than 70% of Venezuelans want Chávez to leave, that includes most of the poor. Buy a clue, you dimwit!

CORRECTION: Sorry, that's Tyromaniac, with an "a." Corrected above.

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