…the nyt finds its latin dictators…prof black, your evidence…Posted: 2014-10-30
…no more lucid corroboration of widespread suspicions…
As we know, Professor Black, economist and lawyer, at that time knew what to do, how to do it. And then did it. That ‘it’ was identifying and prosecuting those responsible for criminal misbehaviour in a financial scandal, the S&L scandal, in the US of the late 80s and early 90s, with successful felony convictions. Despite more egregious behaviour that would lead to the collapse of many economies in 2008, no such ‘it’ would, to date, be undertaken in the very US from which major financial misbehaviour originated – the era of the corporate political party in full bloom.
Now on to our story, and well told it is. The likes of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina, countries in which the process of democracy remains more legitimate than that found to the ‘north’, especially the US. To hear the US MSM tell the story in their advocacy of the corporate dictates of the incumbent régime du jour, the reverse is true – those countries that fail to surrender their respective independence, and resources not even for a song, must be dictatorships, and the country, where corporate power rules, is the paragon of democracy and liberty. Prof Black takes serious umbrage, and his rebuttal is as comprehensive as it is utterly devastating. The New York Times Claims Democratic Leaders in Latin America are “Military Dictators”. We yield the floor to the good Professor with his superb exposition,
The NYT wrote an extraordinarily arrogant, insulting, dishonest, and hypocritical editorial attacking a series of Latin American democracies. The editorial manages to insult their democratically elected representatives and their electorates. The title of the editorial is “South America’s New Caudillos.” The editorial does not bother to define the word. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines caudillo as “a Latin American military dictator.”
The editorial claims that it was prompted by the democratic reelection of Evo Morales as President of Bolivia. The editorial concedes that he was reelected in a well-deserved, democratic “landslide.”
And he then goes on to highlight the devastating evidence against the ‘newspaper of record’ that seems to have jettisoned its remaining journalistic integrity. His analysis should provide the context in which any US MSM critique of any recalcitrant country should be evaluated. Increasingly the only function the MSM serves is to see how unabated its descent into a long anticipated oblivion, which should be the reward of such irresponsibility.
…the much maligned, and shrilly so, countries of Latin America and the Caribbean continue to have an outstanding advocate in William K Black who identifies, and presents the evidence against, those ne’er-do-well that really deserve discrediting – the long overdue ascent from long unnecessary underdevelopment is hard enough…