On occasion even the greatest papers in the world can really, really mess up things. The editorial of the New York Times on Venezuela will be an example on how misinformed, how misguided, how tone deaf an editorial board can be. At least, since it is the New York times they do not get all wrong but that cannot compensate at all for what they got wrong.
The title is "The Blame Game in Venezuela" which is already our first clue as what is in store inside: both sides are equally guilty even though we all know that one side controls absolutely everything in the country and thus the other side has nothing to offer for a negotiation.
Let's start by what they get right: "This is not a “Venezuelan Spring” to be resolved by the exit of a discredited tyrant." Followed immediately by what they got deadly wrong "Mr. Maduro ... narrow victory in the presidential election last April is not in dispute". How can a respectable newspaper publish that when it is public knowledge that the opposition has not recognized the result, that it has claimed fraud, and the the regime simply dismissed all claims based on its control of the judicial power?
Then we have a little bit of good "Mr. Maduro’s predictable response in the government-controlled news media has been to blame it all on “fascists” and the United States." Though we would have appreciated mention that the government controls overwhelmingly all media... After all, the polarization comes from that heavy handed control and even heavier use of propaganda.
But at the end, after some appropriate banal observations, we read this: "But there must be moderate forces within Venezuela — like the labor unions — or countries and institutions outside Venezuela acceptable to both sides, such as Brazil or Unasur (Union of South American Nations), that could act as mediators."
Does the NYT editorial board reads other newspapers? Do they actually think that there are moderate labor unions in Venezuela? Do they think UNASUR is serious, or at least more serious than the OAS that the editorial discards in the preceding paragraph? Is Lula a fair umpire? WTF?
I am sorry, but the NYT is totally missing the boat, is not getting the moment. I recommend that you read the Washington Post with which I do not quite agree with all but which at least is way better informed and understanding of the Venezuelan situation. Waaay better coverage than the New York Times which never recovered from shifting Simon Romero to Brazil....