Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Seeing Through the Rubbish: Part Two

Al Giordano looks through the recent NYT spin on the recent elections held in Venezuela. Leave it to NYT and Bloomberg to spin a landslide victory for Chavez' coalition into a "defeat." Quite the contrary - Chavez and his allies can legitimately claim even more of a mandate than ever before, if one bothers to look at the numbers:

Chavez' coalition wins 17 of 23 state governorships - see the following map (a picture is worth 10,000 words).

Chavez' coalition won overall by a landslide - 52.5% of the vote to 41% for the opposition.

Chavez' coalition actually received 1.3 million more votes than in the 2007 referendum (the one that barely failed, but which had our most rabid propagandists practically writing Chavez' obituary), whereas the opposition managed to lose 300,000 votes.

Fortunately, much of the rest of the usual US media outlets seemed to show signs of accuracy in reporting on the Venezuela electoral outcomes, according to Giordano. Call it a pleasant surprise.

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