So this is what the Pendejo Sin Frontera defense of the revolution has come to: sure, things in Venezuela are bad, but it’s not cataclysmic. That’s what passes for regime propaganda abroad these days, as Gabriel Hetland — formerly of Aporrea, formerly of TeleSUR — takes to the pages of The Nation to tell us that, sure, 83% of households can’t afford enough food, but this guy saw one really clean CDI so, y’know, it’s six of one, half a dozen of the other.
The sirloin (which, according to the author, may be missing from store shelves, but that’s a good thing!):
Is Venezuela descending into a nightmarish scenario, as these stories suggest? To answer this question I’ve spent the last three weeks talking to dozens of people—rich and poor, Chavista and opposition, urban and rural—across Venezuela. My investigation leaves little doubt that Venezuela is in the midst of a severe crisis, characterized by triple-digit inflation, scarcities of basic goods, widespread changes in food-consumption patterns, and mounting social and political discontent. Yet mainstream media have consistently misrepresented and significantly exaggerated the severity of the crisis. It’s real and should by no means be minimized, but Venezuela is not in a state of cataclysmic collapse.
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