AULA Blog on Venezuela Gets It Wrong
|Written by Mark Weisbrot|
|Thursday, 24 October 2013 15:33|
On Monday, October 21, the AULA blog published by the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University had a post describing “[t]he dire state of the economy” in Venezuela that contained several errors:
Since the main analysis at the beginning of the article, about an alleged struggle between “pragmatists” and “ideologues” within the government, contains no links, references, or sources, the reader is left to wonder if this narrative is also fictional. The piece ends with speculation about a possible military coup.
It’s true that most major media outlets have reached the point where there are practically no standards for reporting on Venezuela. But this is a blog published by a university department, so we would expect higher standards than those of, e.g. Fox News. There are plenty of haters around; in fact the vast majority of people who write about Venezuela hate the government. It is surprising that this blog cannot find people who are better informed to express these views, or at least hire a student as fact-checker.