Joe Emersberger: A Reuters article on Venezuela I almost can’t nitpick

The headline to this article by Alexandra Ulmer reads “Venezuela parliament leader squeezes media bosses over drugs story” It is about a defamation suit that Diosdado Cabello, the Chavista head of the National Assembly, brought against some media outlets that accused him of being a drug lord. The article notes “Opposition leaders and U.S. officials Read more…

Joe Emersberger: UK Tories win Majority in Parliament despite getting only 36% of the votes

Another outrageous result courtesy of the First Past the Post electoral system. Graphics below show the grim details. Richard Seymour wrote a fine electoral post-mortem. He pointed out that the Tories did much better in terms of winning seats than in 2010 despite barely winning any more votes. Labour’s share of the vote was also Read more…

Joe Emersberger: All you need to know about the UK election – courtesy of Peter of InterventionsWatch

One of my favorite writes maintains the InterventionsWatch blog and also contributes regularly to the Media Lens Message Board He is  a guy named Peter from the UK who obviously has a day job but puts 90% of professional political writers to shame. Anyway, somebody weighed in on tomorrow’s election in the UK with the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Dear Reuters: Don’t you have access to Youtube?

Reuters does its bit support alarmist claims about Venezuela’s economy in an article by Andrew Cawthorne and Brian Ellsworth: “Venezuela foreign reserves fall to lowest since 2003”  screams the headline. It looks only at liquid reserves of Venezuela’s Central Bank. It so happens a few months ago, during a debate at Harvard, Francisco Rodriguez (not Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Make up your own PDVSA data? What are Reuters’ folks smoking in the USA?

Plenty of international media have pushed claims that the Venezuelan government is on the brink of default, but how many have done so AND provided readers with an interactive calculator so they can make up their own data about Venezuela’s state oil company, PDVSA? That’s what Reuters did in this article by Marianna Parraga and Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Oliver Kamm Slanders Media Lens – again

Media Lens never engaged in “sexist abuse” of Emma Brockes, or anyone else, and never made threats against Bronwen Maddox. Unsurprisingly, the Murdochs appear fine with having this kind of extravagant liar on staff. Kamm obviously feels confident that he’ll never be held legally to account for being such a sleazebag. Norman Finkelstein responded effectively, Read more…

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…

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…

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…

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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