Charles Hardy, a.k.a. the Cowboy in Caracas–really ought to blog more often. His entries on Venezuelanalysis are always excellent, but far too sporadic for my liking. In his latest one, he takes on a “news” agency which seems to be locked in a death-race to the bottom with FUX Snooze:
Now, Mr. Hardy knows a thing or two about beliefs; he’s a devout Catholic, a former priest, who has worked in the slums of Caracas as a Maryknoll missionary for a number of years. This would explain why he is far too polite to say the word bullshit about anything the infamous Christopher Toothaker writes. But you can definitely hear him thinking it, particularly here:
In an Associated Press article with the byline of Christopher Toothaker published on the Internet on August 9, mention was made of Colombia’s accusation and that Sweden confirmed the sale of the weapons to Venezuela (which happened in the late 80s). It also said that, “Chávez denies aiding the FARC.” But the article did not say anything about the weapons being among those taken in 1995.So I called Mr. Toothaker to ask why he omitted that. He replied that he didn’t “believe” that they were the weapons that were stolen. He added that Chávez said the weapons involved were taken by the ELN, (the National Liberation Army in Colombia). That was pretty much all of our conversation.Afterwards I was thinking that maybe the weapons that the Colombia government retrieved were taken from the ELN and not the FARC. It is difficult for me to trust anything coming from the Colombian government. I thought about calling Mr. Toothaker again to ask about that possibility, but decided not to do so. I felt I would just receive another of his beliefs.
“A hotbed of onions”? Well, at least onions are good for something. (Companion-planting gardeners, BTW, swear by garlic–another member of the allium family–as a companion to roses.) I respectfully suggest he may have been thinking of raw, uncomposted sewage.But El Universal is actually more like a hotbed of radioactive waste. You can’t smell it, and unless you come equipped with a Geiger counter calibrated to bullshit, you come away burned–and contaminated–from just being in the same building. Which is a damned strange place for the AP to be, when you think about it. And which would also explain why so many AP “reporters” are merely stenographers, repeating in English whatever the highly-biased El Luniversal says in Spanish. They probably sit in on the same editorial bull sessions. It must save the AP a whackload of dinero; also saves its lazy journos having to actually go out there and report on something.Anyhow, long story made short: Something is definitely sniffy when the AP’s offices are in the same building with those of the most rabidly right-wing paper in the nation. Finally, someone exposed this very salient fact about the Dissociated Press. Now, let’s see if anyone else does anything about it.Good job, Charlie–keep it up!
It ought to be noted that the Associated Press in Venezuela has its offices in the building that is home to El Universal, one of the major opposition newspapers. Having offices there is like trying to grow beautiful smelling roses in a hotbed of onions. Not exactly the best place for a news service that is should be presenting balanced reporting.