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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 .