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Joe Emersberger: David Smilde praises “smart piece” in WAPO that quotes him

On twitter David Smilde calls out this article by the WAPO’s Nick Miroff as a “smart Piece” An excerpt follows: “I think this summit will amount to a real test regarding the region’s commitment to Venezuela,” said David Smilde, a Venezuela expert at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). “Will they circle the wagons and prioritize Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters, of all people, exposes coup plotters in Venezuela

This is quite a refreshingly in-depth article by Reuters (authors Andrew Cawthorne and Girish Gupta) that explores the most extremist elements of the Venezuelan opposition. It mentions that some of them, unsurprisingly, find safe haven in Miami and more generally that they are “aided by campaigners in Europe and the United States”.  It is worth Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Is Reuters Allowed to Report More than One Pollster’s Results?

Reuters’ Caracas folks write as if they’ve been told that only Datanalisis poll results can be reported. Datanalisis is an opposition aligned pollster. Its director, Luis Vicente Leon, regularly criticizes Maduro’s government in pages of El Universal. Diego Ore of Reuters says that, according to Datanalisis, support for the government has “inched” up to 25%. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Sure the Emperor’s naked, but only as a legal nicety. He has to be, but it kinda looks bad.

The Economist trotted out a farcical excuse that has become popular among Obama’s apologists – that labeling the situation in Venezuela an “extraordinary threat” to declare a “national emergency” was just a legal nicety: “American law requires the administration to use such language if it wants to impose sanctions on individuals in another country.” Similarly, David Smilde, a Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Says Stiffing Elite Bondholders is Cost Free. Who knew?

Reuters’ headline to this article by Corina Pons and Eyanir Chinea claims that “Venezuela puts debt service before food imports as cash dries up: sources” To make Reuter’s bias and double standards more obvious, consider the headlines when an international courts order Venezuela to pay over a billion dollars to Exxon.  They don’t read “Court forces Venezuela to put Exxon Before Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Francisco Toro – Self Proclaimed Prophet – Responds to Me UPDATED

UPDATE: Toro has now “responded” again to my piece about his work without actually responding. I guess he wasn’t joking with his claim that I was trying to hide his “winning ugly” blog post by naming its author, title and date – and linking to other posts by him on his site. Great way to hide Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Andrew Cawthorne of Reuters quotes Glenn Greenwald on Venezuela!

It is at the end of the article by Andrew Cawthorne – a HUGE advance which would be a regular, not unusual, practice in a free press. Cawthorne wrote “’Venezuela is one of the very few countries with significant oil reserves which does not submit to U.S. dictates,’ wrote Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Timidity, Double Standards from Reuters: Extraordinary but not Unusual

Andrew Cawthorne at least reported that Cuba, not just Venezuela, is mocking Obama’s announcement that there is Venezuelan threat to the “national security” of the USA that is “unusual and extraordinary”. Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, called it a “bad joke” which at least approximates an appropriate description of Obama’s assertion. The mind boggles attempting to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: NPR’s John Otis Lies about Venezuela

John Otis tells NPR’s audience “In 2002, Chavez was briefly ousted in a military-backed uprising that he claimed — without proof — was supported by the United States.” That is quite a whopper even by the abysmal standards of the US media. The US government publicly supported the 2002 coup in Venezuela. Bush Administration spokesmen Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: More Sloppiness from Reuters’ Caracas Folks

Reuters tells us that “The decline in oil prices has slammed his [Nicolas Maduro’s] increasingly cash-strapped and unpopular government in the midst of a deep recession and ahead of important parliamentary elections.” Oil prices have recovered somewhat since January, so saying “increasingly cash-strapped” – if it refers to government export revenues – is wrong. The claim Read more…

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