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    Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment as US-Backed Coup Gov't Concedes Defeat in Bolivia Archived Message

    Posted by sashimi on October 21, 2020, 10:29 am

    By Alan Macleod

    Media disappointment at return of democracy
    Across the spectrum, corporate media endorsed the events of November,
    refusing to label them a coup. The New York Times editorial board
    claimed that the "increasingly autocratic" tyrant Morales had actually
    "resigned," after "protests" over a "highly fishy vote." The
    Washington Post did the same. "There can be little doubt who was
    responsible for the chaos: newly resigned president Evo Morales,"
    their editorial board wrote, as they expressed their relief that
    Bolivia was finally in the hands of "more responsible leaders" like
    Aņez, (who, at the time, was giving security forces orders to shoot
    her opponents in the streets). Despite this, The Wall Street Journal's
    board decided the events of November constituted "a democratic
    outbreak in Bolivia."

    Today, therefore, the corporate press is in a very tough spot, as they
    have to explain to their readers why the Bolivian people have just
    handed an overwhelming, landslide victory to a party they have been
    presenting as an authoritarian dictatorship who were overthrown by
    popular protests last year. media bias Boliviamedia bias Bolivia

    The Wall Street Journal's editorial board decided the events of
    November constituted "a democratic outbreak in Bolivia."

    A number of outlets solved this by simply fastidiously avoiding
    reporting on the events of November or using the word "coup" to
    describe them. NPR's Philip Reeves, for example, claimed Morales
    "resigned" amid an annulled election after "allegations of fraud,"
    leading to an "interim government" (Aņez's own public relations-minded
    phrase for her administration). The word "coup" only appears in the
    mouth of Morales, someone whose credibility the outlet has spent
    months undermining. Other organizations like Deutsche Welt and
    Bloomberg failed to use the word at all in their reporting.

    The Associated Press, meanwhile, referenced the coup, but did not use
    the word, instead describing it as when "police and military leaders
    suggested he [Morales] leave." It takes great linguistic skill to
    refrain from using by far the most appropriate word to describe events
    in Bolivia for what they are: a coup. Indeed, the linguistic
    gymnastics necessary to avoid using the word would be genuinely
    impressive were not an exercise in deceit and manufacturing consent
    for regime change.

    CNN at least included the phrase "claims of a coup," but presents it
    beside apparently equally justified "allegations of fraud among
    contested national elections." But these two things are nothing like
    the same. One is a statement of fact while another is a debunked,
    discredited talking point used to overthrow a legitimate government.

    Meanwhile, the BBC's article on the election had an entire section
    called "why is the country so divided" which did not mention the
    massacres, the firesale of the country's economy, the repression of
    media or activists, the persecution of the MAS or the U.S. role in
    overthrowing the elected government. Instead, it presented Morales
    himself as the prime agent of polarization, a common tactic among
    media discussing enemy states.

    The New York Times also published a long, in-depth article on the
    election, yet it appeared that the only MAS "supporters" it was
    willing to quote were ones who constantly badmouthed Morales, the
    article also suggesting that MAS' figures might be inflated, despite
    the fact they have now been accepted by Aņez and Mesa as essentially

    As such the corporate press refused to cover the incredible story of
    nationwide nonviolent resistance to authoritarian rule, forcing a
    government into accepting its own defeat, reminiscent of Gandhi's
    campaign against the British in India.
    Congrats to Bolivia in returning to a government for the people.

    Condolences to all the journalists working for billionaires in the
    USA who have to try to spin democracy as "authoritarianism" in the
    next few years.
    - Existential Comics (@existentialcoms) October 19, 2020
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    • Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment as US-Backed Coup Gov't Concedes Defeat in Bolivia - sashimi October 21, 2020, 10:29 am