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Western Media Whitewash Bolivia’s Far-Right Coup

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/11/17/western-media-whitewash-bolivias-far-right-coup

U.S. media is largely propaganda. and its propaganda on the wrong side of good and evil.

Bolivia’s military has already fired on and killed peaceful protesters. I for one don’t support this horror even if that reprobate Donald Trump does. His support is in keeping with his character.

Opinion in mainstream media has by no means been homogeneous or in “lockstep” with the Trump administration, especially in the subsequent days of the coup/ resignation/ whatever. Yes, the WSJ and Financial Times have made it pretty clear who they side with, but the center and center left publications have more often struck an ambiguous tone once the initial “Morales gone!” hype died away. The Guardian was unsure if this was a coup against or restoration of democracy. The Washington Post ran one editorial that called it undoubtedly a coup, and another editorial soon after that ridiculed that idea. The takeaway this consensus is almost something like “We certainly did not like Morales and his bid to bypass the old term limits… But was this how it should have played out, and is the Bolivian right any better?”

It is true that this is not the full throated defense of Morales that some here may seek. But that is to be expected, given the perspective and shared premises of the journalistic class and its broader audiences. Moreover, in a situation like this, where the subject is not one of great familiarity to a decently informed Western audience, and where the people being reported themselves have deeply conflicting narratives yet an presently even balance of narrative power, where bothsidisms has its merits.

We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.” Karl rove