Email to Washington Post editors re Venezuela

Dear Editors:
The Washington Post editors claim regarding recent violent protests in Venezuela that “at least 34 people have been killed, most of them opposition supporters gunned down by security forces or government-backed gangs.”

None of the sources the editors cited support this claim. As Peter Hart, of the media watchdog FAIR, recently wrote

“Jake Johnston of the Center for Economic & Policy Research (CEPR) has been keeping track of the deaths attributed to the protests (“Venezuela: Who Are They and How Did They Die?”), and a similar effort by Ewan Roberston can be found at Venezuelanalysis.com. The latter finds pro-government and anti-government deaths about equal (nine on both sides), with a dozen deaths of civilians with no apparent political affiliation–numbers that basically line up with Johnston’s. “

Thirty six human rights activists in Venezuela recently signed a statement in which they too provide a detailed list of fatalities. Their numbers substantiate what VenezuelAnalysis and CEPR have found.

The Washington Post editors should provide a detailed list to support their claim. If they can’t do that they should immediately retract it.

Joe Emersberger


  1. avatar
    Joe Emersberger April 4, 2014 12:44 am 

    Funny you mention Rumsfeld since you mindlessly parrot his distortions about Venezuela.

    You started off lying about Maduro’s op-ed then proceed to lie about CEPR – one of my sources which you falsely claimed was supported (directly or indirectly) by the Maduro government. Moreover, the account offered by the sources I cite is also supported by this Reuters article which does not dare claim what the WAPO editors claimed.


    I guess Reuters must be run by or frightened of Maduro government shills in your opinion??

    VenezuelAnalysis does not receive a cent of Venezuelan government funds.It is fully sustained by reader donations. I’m sure you won’t let that stop you from slandering them though. You have a lot in common with Rummy.

  2. Lary Fuku April 3, 2014 7:20 pm 

    Every source you sites is a gov shil sponsored directly or indirectly by Maduro. I wonder if you also accepted with same vigor D Rumsfeld’s words that US doesn’t torture

  3. avatar
    Joe Emersberger April 3, 2014 1:01 am 

    That’s not what Maduro said and your comment is irrelevant to to my request to the WAPO editors.

  4. Lary Fuku April 2, 2014 9:25 pm 

    You forgot to add that Maduro himself wrote an oped in NYTimes stating that everything is great in Venezuela – nnothing to see here.

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