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."
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: