WashPost Editorial Page (Sort of) Tells the Truth About Venezuela ‘Debate’

Longtime Hugo Chavez critic Jackson Diehl leads his Washington Post column today (9/27/10)

Debate in Washington about Hugo Chavez –to the extent that it exists–generally centers on whether the Venezuelan strongman is a genuine threat to the United States or a buffoonish nuisance who is best ignored.

This narrow debate over Chavez’s rule in Venezuela is something FAIR has documented on the country’s top op-ed pages.

Of course, Diehl’s point is that Chavez is a genuine threat, so anyone who takes the other position–that he’s merely an annoying buffoon–is naive.

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Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.