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Venezuelan Electoral Postmortems

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The Wall Street Journal 's Mary O'Grady is ideologically to the right of many neocons. Her style reflects character assassination. Her rhetoric drips with vitriol. She wins awards for genuflecting to power and suppressing vital truths for power brokers who pay her.

Her electoral postmortem was typical. She headlined "Chavismo Wins, Venezuela Loses," saying:

"Control of the media and the voting polls, plus some old-fashioned fear, have won Hugo Chávez six more years."

False, false and false! Corporations control virtually all Venezuelan major broadcast and print media. They unanimously endorsed Capriles. Venezuela's electoral process is called the world's best for good reason. Voters turned out en masse because it matters. Neoliberal extremists alone stoke fear. 

O'Grady lied saying internal Capriles polling showed he'd "win by three to four percentage points." Days before October 7, opposition insiders privately conceded. They knew they had no chance to win and said so.

Chavez "seized control of television and radio stations and used them during the campaign"" Those same stations opposed him. They promoted Capriles. They featured him on air.

"Mr. Capriles tried to tap into (Venezuelan) misery by presenting himself as a social democrat"." He's a wealthy neoliberal hard-liner. He deplores beneficial social change. If elected he'd return Venezuela to its bad old days. Voters wanted none of him and his extremism.

O'Grady's litany of canards infested her piece. Ones included sound like America, not Venezuela. She never misses a chance to beat up on Chavez. She was true to form calling him a "dictator," a "world-class demagogue."

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He "mortgaged Venezuela to help him buy another six years in power".(N)o one believes that the final vote spread reflects the public's opinion of the winner."

"With China underwriting his populism and Cuba manning his intelligence and security apparatus, his near-term comfort in Miraflores palace is practically guaranteed."

O'Grady reflects the worst of US opinion journalism. Yellow can't begin to describe it.

WSJ writers Jose de Cordoba and Sara Schaefer Munoz had their say. They were dishonest in less strident form than O'Grady. They headlined "Victory Tightens Chavez Grip on Power," saying:

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"Another decisive electoral victory for Hugo Chávez has convinced many Venezuelans in the opposition that his only vulnerabilities are a turn for the worse in the ailing president's health or a sharp drop in oil prices."

"The win allows Mr. Chávez to press ahead with his Socialist revolution, deepening government intervention in the economy, including price controls and nationalizations." 

"Observers see him as likely to continue his role as the leading voice against U.S. interests in the region, enhancing alliances with everyone from Tehran to Beijing."

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