New York Times continues to view Latin America through a Castro-Cuban lens, compares Venezuela’s Oscar Perez to Che Guevara

Left: Oscar Perez, Venezuelan rebel who never killed anyone in his fight to free Venezuela from tyranny. Right: Che Guevara, psychotic killer who mercilessly murdered hundreds of innocent people.

Luis Enrique Ball Jr. in PanAm Post:

The New York Times Has A Sh*thole Moment of It’s Own, Compares Oscar Perez to Che Guevara

It seems that every time the Times is ready to turn a corner on its Latin America coverage, it reverts back to covering the 639 million, six language-speaking peoples as it always has; ‘not-Cubans’.

Never mind that Fidel, Che, and their rampaging entourage murdered 5,000 in only their first year in power. The caricatures of the regions it relies on are based on a 60-year-old revolution. Neither the color tv, the computer, or even ‘the pill’ had been invented. Yet The NewYorkTimes can only view the continent and its struggle through a Cuban lens.

This is why when Nick Casey compared Oscar Perez, the assassinated dissident police investigator on the run for the last 7 months, to Che Guevara I was not at all surprised.

Perez, by the paper’s own admission, did little more than fire blanks, flash-bangs, and fly provocative banners. But nevertheless the comparison was made to Castro’s executioner in chief.

Are Latin Americans so simplistic, so tribal in nature that they are incapable of rising above the idolatry of a coke-head murderer? Can we not instead idolize “folk-heroes” more alike to John Parker or Paul Revere? Heck, we’d even settle for Ernest Hemingway, who, as a soldier in the Spanish civil war, killed as many if not more than Perez.

But to make matters worse, Venezuela has its own litany of folk heroes Casey could have drawn from. Rómulo Betancourt, who helped topple the Jimenez dictatorship. Raul Leoni, who defended the country against an impending Cuban invasion in the 1967 Machurucuto incident. And yes, even Hugo Chavez, the power hungry, and silver-tongued socialist colonel who tried to overthrow the republic in ’93. So why not compare Perez to one of those “folk heroes”?

The NewYorkTimes insults Latin Americans and its readers by continuing to cut the Gordian Knot of Latin America’s leftist upheaval with a Cuban blade.

It’s long overdue for some creativity and honesty on the subject from the paper.

2 thoughts on “New York Times continues to view Latin America through a Castro-Cuban lens, compares Venezuela’s Oscar Perez to Che Guevara”

  1. The NYT has been so overrated, not to say sacrosanct, for so long that it has apparently bought into its supposed greatness. It is either deluded or convinced that it’s “too big to fail,” quite possibly both. Ergo, it sees no need to fix what it assumes isn’t broken, and just carries on with business as usual, essentially. But don’t blame the Times; blame those who continue to take it for what it presumes to be. A sacred cow is not responsible for those who choose to worship it.

  2. NYT – fake news since 1931, when Walter Duranty lied for Stalin, he covered up Stalin’s purges, the murders of the kulaks and the Ukrainian Holodomor (famine caused by Stalin & his henchmen). Still the same old NYT – still fake news in favor of the commies!

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