If you were writing a report about the collapse of Venezuela, wouldn’t you think it would be important to mention the nation’s political and economic model? You might even end up with more than one paragraph about socialism.
Unless you write for the far left New York Times.
Here’s a sample:
Venezuela has been shuddering since its economy began to collapse in 2014. Riots and protests over the lack of affordable food, excruciating long lines for basic provisions, soldiers posted outside bakeries and angry crowds ransacking grocery stores have rattled cities, providing a telling, public display of the depths of the crisis.
But deaths from malnutrition have remained a closely guarded secret by the Venezuelan government. In a five-month investigation by The New York Times, doctors at 21 public hospitals in 17 states across the country said that their emergency rooms were being overwhelmed by children with severe malnutrition — a condition they had rarely encountered before the economic crisis began.
“Children are arriving with very precarious conditions of malnutrition,” said Dr. Huníades Urbina Medina, the president of the Venezuelan Society of Childcare and Pediatrics. He added that doctors were even seeing the kind of extreme malnutrition often found in refugee camps — cases that were highly unusual in oil-rich Venezuela before its economy fell to pieces.
That sounds terrible. What led Venezuela to such ruin?
NY Times major piece on starvation in Venezuela.
Carefully avoids mentioning socialism. All the problems are passive voice ("as the economy collapsed," "as hyperinflation appeared") or exogenous ("oil prices collapsed").
Walter Duranty lives.
— Clifford Asness (@CliffordAsness) December 17, 2017
As Venezuela collapses… The New York Times is a complete loss as to what form of economic theory caused this. https://t.co/bH3AOHZVx5
— The People's Cube 👌 (@ThePeoplesCube) December 17, 2017
That seems like a big detail to leave out of the story, doesn’t it?