New Yorker Publishes a Tardy Report on Venezuela's Socialist Disaster

November 14th, 2016 10:52 PM
William Finnegan's lengthy report from Venezuela in the November 14 edition of the New Yorker begs two obvious questions: Where have you guys been? And why did you wait until the wee hours on November 7, the day before Election Day in the U.S., when almost everyone's attention was on the presidential and other contests, to post it online? The report's headline asks a question: "How did this…

Venezuela Descends Into Dictatorship, With Minimal News Visibility

October 22nd, 2016 11:33 AM
Thursday evening, Venezuela's Bolivarian Socialist government arbitrarily suspended the recall effort against "President" Nicolas Maduro, demonstrating beyond any doubt that the South American country now functions as a dictatorship. Given its gravity, this news, described in coverage at the Wall Street Journal as "a crisis of democracy," is not getting the visibility it should be receiving.

NY Times Headline, Seven Months Late: Venezuela 'Buying U.S. Oil'

September 23rd, 2016 11:37 PM
The absurd headline at a September 20 story at the New York Times is a sight to behold: "How Bad Off Is Oil-Rich Venezuela? It’s Buying U.S. Oil." As formulated, the headline is clearly meant to communicate something that is supposedly a surprising new development in that country, which, thanks to 17 years of Bolivarian socialist rule, has turned into a financially destitute humanitarian…

Not News: 'Jesus Christ' of Marxism to Direct Venezuelan Economy

August 9th, 2016 5:56 PM
Over two weeks ago, the Bolivarian socialist government of Venezuela under de facto dictator Nicolas Maduro decreed that private-sector and government workers can be forced to work on farms if the military, which is now responsible for food production and distribution in that shortage-wracked country, deems it necessary. Relevant site searches indicate that the country's forced-labor decree…

Not News at AP, NY Times: Forced Labor in Venezuela

July 30th, 2016 1:34 PM
Now we know why Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's de facto dictator, recently handed over responsibility for food production to the military: He's going to need soldiers on farms and elsewhere in the food distribution chain to keep conscripted workers in line. That's because on July 22, now over a week ago, Maduro's government decreed "... that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work…

Latest Excuse For Venezuela's Food Shortages: Military Mismanagement

July 16th, 2016 2:38 PM
The latest installment in leftist excuse-making when socialism fails goes into the "It would work if leaders just had the right people handling things" file. It comes in the form of a Friday morning "analysis" at the Associated Press. Writers Jorge Rueda and Joshua Goodman want readers to believe that the economy in the Bolivarian socialist and once fairly prosperous nation of Venezuela would be…

CNN Airs Socialism-Free Story on Venezuelan Pediatric Hospital Crisis

July 15th, 2016 12:03 AM
It would be far too kind to give three cheers to CNN for exposing the disastrous conditions in a children's hospital in Caracas, Venezuela caused by over 15 years of Bolivarian socialism in a July 13 broadcast report. The network gets one hearty cheer for the detailed report's existence. It lost a chance for a second cheer when it failed to mention the country's socialist form of government…

AP Waters Down 3 Venezuela Stories; Final One Fails to Cite Socialism

July 12th, 2016 11:52 PM
Tuesday's coverage at the Associated Press of the deepening humanitarian crisis in the Bolivarian socialist disaster known as Venezuela focused on the conditions in the ever-lengthening lines its citizens must endure in hopes of obtaining enough of the basics of everyday life just to survive. Wire service reports often start off relatively brief and expand as reporters gather more information.…

LA Dodgers' Broadcaster Delivers Searing 20-Second Venezuela Tutorial

June 18th, 2016 2:14 PM
On May 1, the Washington Post's Jackson Diehl warned: "We ignore Venezuela’s imminent implosion at our peril," noting that the South American nation of 30 million "has descended into a dystopia where food, medicine, water and electric power are critically scarce." Given the dire humanitarian crisis which has enveloped that country, broadcast media coverage during the ensuing seven weeks,…

No verás esto en Univisión o Telemundo: Maduro apoya Bernie Sanders

June 5th, 2016 3:27 PM
Curiosamente, los canales en español Números 1 y 2 de Estados Unidos, Univisión y Telemundo respectivamente, hasta ahora no han informado a sus televidentes que el presidente socialista de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, ha dado un rotundo respaldo de la candidatura presidencial de su camarada estadounidense, Bernie Sanders.

A Story You Won't See: Venezuela’s Maduro Feels The Bern

June 2nd, 2016 3:01 PM
Curiously, America’s top Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo have so far failed to inform their viewers that socialist Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has issued a ringing endorsement of the presidential candidacy of his comrade in the United States, Bernie Sanders.

Venezuela: Univisión y Telemundo avergüenzan ABC, CBS y NBC

May 31st, 2016 5:44 PM
Los espectadores de los noticieros de ABC, CBS o NBC podrían ser perdonados si piensan que no está pasando nada de interés periodístico en Venezuela, donde una oposición envalentonada en las últimas semanas está trabajando para sacar del poder al presidente socialista Nicolás Maduro por medio de un referendo revocatorio. El país está pasando por una crisis humana devastadora, en la que los…

Venezuela Coverage: Univision, Telemundo Put ABC, CBS & NBC To Shame

May 25th, 2016 9:00 AM
Viewers of ABC, CBS or NBC morning shows and evening news programs could be forgiven for thinking nothing newsworthy is going on in Venezuela, where an emboldened opposition in recent weeks has been working to remove incumbent socialist President Nicolás Maduro through a recall referendum. The country is currently going through a devastating humanitarian crisis, in which food is scarce, medicine…

Oliver: 'Low Price of Oil' Caused Chaos in Venezuela; Omits Socialism

May 23rd, 2016 12:32 PM
On Sunday's Last Week Tonight, HBO's John Oliver blamed oil prices for the current chaos in Venezuela: "What is wrong with Venezuela? Well, the short answer is everything. The low price of oil, which accounts for 96 percent of Venezuela's exports, has triggered an economic collapse — causing massive inflation and shortages of food and medicine." While Oliver rightly mocked Venezuelan President…