Let’s file this one under the “no tiene nombre” category. We’ve seen The New York Times print a lot of weird things over the years but this one is beyond belief.
Here are a couple of samples:
1) The post is titled “A Call for Peace”. This is from the man behind attacks on demonstrators! Are you kidding me?
2) This is how Mr Maduro sees Venezuela:
“THE recent protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the facts surrounding the events.
Venezuelans are proud of our democracy. We have built a participatory democratic movement from the grass roots that has ensured that both power and resources are equitably distributed among our people.”
3) This is how Mr Maduro sees the economy:
“According to the United Nations, Venezuela has consistently reduced inequality: It now has the lowest income inequality in the region. We havereduced poverty enormously — to 25.4 percent in 2012, on the World Bank’sdata, from 49 percent in 1998; in the same period, according to government statistics, extreme poverty diminished to 6 percent from 21 percent.
We have created flagship universal health care and education programs, free to our citizens nationwide. We have achieved these feats in large part by using revenue from Venezuelan oil.
While our social policies have improved citizens’ lives over all, the government has also confronted serious economic challenges in the past 16 months, including inflation and shortages of basic goods. We continue to find solutions through measures like our new market-based foreign exchange system, which is designed to reduce the black market exchange rate. And we are monitoring businesses to ensure they are not gouging consumers or hoarding products. Venezuela has also struggled with a high crime rate. We are addressing this by building a new national police force, strengthening community-police cooperation and revamping our prison system.’
Outrageous is not outrageous enough.
This is journalistic malpractice by The New York Times.
I am not suggesting censorship. I am simply calling on The New York Times to be responsible and hold “despots” like Maduro accountable for what they write. Is that too much to ask?