The Mix

Whaddya know and whaddya think you know? Venezuela poverty edition

Lies, damn lies and you know what.
When it comes to Venezuela, with it's hyper-charged polarization, sorting out the facts on the ground from the overheated rhetoric can be difficult.

And you can't look to the supposedly "liberal" media to help: when it comes to covering the Latin American left, the Washington Post's coverage is indistinguishable from that of the Washington Times, and the New York Times might as well be Murdoch's New York Post. I've caught the WaPo egregiously misinforming their readers in the past (second letter).

Which is why there's no reason to believe that a commenter in another post, below, wasn't honest in asserting: "As for delivering on the well being of the people--unemployment is up since 2000 from 13.9% to 20.0% and poverty is up since 1999 from 54% to 60%." He or she might have gotten that from rany number of recent articles in the corporate media.
Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer.