Tell me, Diosdado, what would you like me to ask you?

That last phrase did not make it on air, but I’m willing to bet it was the first question Vladimir Villegas asked Diosdado Cabello during this stellar example of complacent journalism/total waste of 30 minutes I will never get back from my life. Congratulations on your new show, Vladimir, I’m sure we have many hours…

Frogs Inside the Globovisión Pot Agree: “The water’s only the teensiest bit warm here, come swim!”

Following the sale of Globovision, the last remaining critical TV broadcaster in Venezuela, to (reputedly) regime-connected investors, there was widespread fear in the opposition that a new and aggressively chavista editorial line would be imposed on the station. And so there was relief last week when it was announced that Vladimir Villegas and Leopoldo Castillo…

Juan Domingo Wolf-in-Cordero’s Clothing?

Twitter is abuzz with rumors that the guy who’s just bought a controlling stake in the opposition news channel Globovision, an insurance magnate by the name of José Domingo Cordero, is a fully paid up member of the bolibourgeoisie. I don’t know that for a fact, but then, who else would buy a channel that’s just been…

We always knew this day would come…

And so, as long expected, the government has decided to shut down the last remaining opposition broadcaster: Globovision. And as long surmised, the decision is to be implemented not with tanks or a militia platoon, but via a dry, ostensibly technical administrative decision. By design, the details are slightly murky. With a decision to shut…

The Overkill Evening News

I was kind of shocked to read in a Globovision.com note that the IMF had said, in its latest World Economic Outlook Report, that Venezuela’s “hyperinflation” would speed up in the coming years. After all, hyper-inflation, while not quite a term of art, is something very different. Economists differ in defining it, but they would…

The Underpaid Intern Defense

Why, on an episode of Kico Bautista’s Buenas Noches show back in september 2009, did Globovisión start running text messages along the bottom of the screen not even the most hardened gringo imperialist could stand by? Things like “Urgent: Activate the networks of information, possible coup… Alert for Friday in the early hours of the morning,”…