The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 33


“Finally, for the sake of Venezuelans’ mental health, we can change the channel. And they thought that the rrrrrrégime was coming to shut them down but they themselves took the trouble of doing so. RIP!”

Good morning, and welcome to our latest installment of VenOpIronía! This week, we see what happens when opposition media run the five stages of grief. Ever since Chavecito passed into immortality, they’ve been looking worse for wear, with only the brief and unsuccessful candidacy of the Majunche to unite them behind some common cause. And now that that’s over, they’ve moved on to a sixth stage of grief, one peculiar to their species: namely, that of trashing one another, seeing as Chavecito is no longer here for them to blame:

The newspaper Tal Cual, directed by anti-Chavista Teodoro Petkoff, has turned its guns on the TV channel Globovisión, and expressed doubt of the commitment of its old owners, among them Guillermo Zuloaga, to “freedom”.

“What did it bring to its old owners who swore to be apostles of national freedom to comport themselves like simple businesspeople attentive to their possessions?” was the question asked by the paper’s editorial last Wednesday, signed by Fernando Rodríguez.

Then, the editorial asked about the “business of the sale” of Channel 33. “Were there at least some guarantees in the commercial agreement that the channel would not end up playing for the enemy and its fearsome and anxiety-inducing communicational hegemony?”

In an ironic tone, the paper demands of Globovisión, which it claims boasts of informing, to make known the real situation of the TV station.

The newspaper’s attack extends as well to other media, which it accuses of not giving much coverage to information over the situation of Globovisión. “The press, large and small, has said little and under the heading of rumors, when obviously it has to do with a news item for big headlines, given the number of those affected and their real importance in national public life,” said the editorial.

Another who did not emerge unscathed from the Tal Cual attack was Leopoldo Castillo, whom Petkoff’s paper called “discourteous” for not having informed his “impassioned clientele of the motive of his departure” from the channel.

Translation mine.

Leopoldo Castillo, alias “El Matacuras” (The Priest-Killer) is a notorious figure of the Venezuelan right, who really belongs in prison for crimes against humanity. He was a great friend of some of the scummiest Central American dictators of the 20th century, and no friend at all to the ordinary Venezuelans who had the misfortune of seeing his smug prissy face haranguing them from their TVs every day. I don’t think they consider his departure from the newly-sold Globomojón (fate unknown) to be any great loss, media-wise; he wasn’t popular with anyone but the oligarchy, and that’s only because they were all partying on the same cruise ships together. Drunk as skunks and not caring who they robbed to get there, of course.

Unfortunately, Tal Cual isn’t in the habit of dissecting opposition criminality; it’s content just to take cheap shots at anyone they perceive to be in league with the ghost of Chavecito. The worst thing they’ll call ol’ Matacuras is “discourteous” for not explaining why he quit.

Personally, I’d like to see them call for him to explain why he was so chummy with murderers like Roberto D’Aubuisson and José Napoleón Duarte. But I won’t be holding my breath. I’d much rather laugh at them anyway. Watching these oppos eat their own is so much fun, and saves me the bother of having to chew them up and spit them out myself.

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