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Your Complete Guide to the N.Y. Times’ Support of U.S.-Backed Coups in Latin America



 / Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flashes victory signs, declaring he will prevail amid a "coup," during a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on Friday. (Ariana Cubillos / AP)

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  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Adam H. Johnson, Truthdig / Rise Up Times
January 29,
2019 | On Friday, the New York Times continued its long, predictable tradition of backing U.S. coups in Latin America by publishing an editorial praising Donald Trump’s attempt to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This will be the 10th such coup the paper has backed since the creation of the CIA over 70 years ago.

A survey of the New York Times archives shows the Times editorial board has supported 10 out of 12 American-backed coups in Latin America, with two editorials—those involving the 1983 Grenada invasion and the 2009 Honduras coup—ranging from ambiguous to reluctant opposition. The survey can be viewed here.

Adam H. Johnson is a media analyst for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and is co-host of the Citations Needed podcast.

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Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
  • "… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
  • Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'
  • In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.
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