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Forero Returns from Caracas

Editorial Cartoonist Latuff Joins the Narco News Team as We Launch Our "Readers Comments" Pages


By Latuff
Narco News Editorial Cartoonist-in-Residence

April 23, 2003

Somewhere in a country called América…

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Forero regresa de la conferencia de prensa con Hugo Chávez…

FORERO: Lo siento jefe, ¡fallé otra vez!

GWB: ¡Howell! Mira, chico, ¿no tienes un mejor pistolero para mí en Venezuela?

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Forero volta da coletiva de imprensa com Hugo Chávez…

FORERO: Desculpa chefe, pisei na bola outra vez!

GWB: Howell! Olha, garoto, você num tem um pistoleiro melhor para mim na Venezuela, não?

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Read the Narco News report upon which this editorial cartoon comments:

Chávez Beats Forero (Again)
One Year After Venezuela’s Counter-Coup, a Winner and a Loser Duel
By Luis Gómez

Narco News Andean Bureau Chief

Publisher’s Commentary
The Cartoon Characters:

Juan Forero is a New York Times “reporter” whose deeds and misdeeds throughout Latin America have been the subject of Narco News reports since the summer of 2001. As Luis Gómez reported this month from Caracas, Venezuela, Forero’s behavior at an April 11th presidential press conference there raised a lot of eyebrows, and a few chuckles.

George W. Bush is the Court Appointed “President” of the United States, who has failed on multiple occasions to topple the ELECTED government of President Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. Could it be jealousy? Maybe: Chávez and his allies have won six national elections in four years.

“Howell,” with whom Bush is portrayed as speaking with on the telephone, is Howell Raines, executive editor of the New York Times, the “newspaper of record” in the United States.

Raines, a “Democrat” to Bush’s “Republican” does a fine dance – like the leaders of the U.S. “opposition” political party he supports – of simulating “democracy” in the United States. But when push comes to shove, he stands as a shining example of how, as Narco News School of Authentic Journalism professor Barry Crimmins says, “the two party system just means that the corporations cut two checks instead of one.”

Raines, although certainly aware of Forero’s ethical lapses and knowingly untrue reports from Venezuela, Colombia, and our América, nonetheless sent Forero to Caracas, Venezuela, to cover the first anniversary of the April 2002 coup d’etat that Forero had called, at the time, a “resignation” by the then-kidnapped president of Venezuela.

Raines’ latest gamble, though, didn’t work out any better than his previous bets on Forero.

Kind Reader: Please join us in welcoming the internationally renowned Brazilian editorial cartoonist, Latuff, to the Narco News Team.

Offer your comments on Forero, Chavez, Bush, Raines, the report by Luis Gómez, and the editorial cartoon by Latuff, here:

(For advice on how to best get your comments, pro or con, posted on Narco News – the number one criteria is “do not bore the reader!” – see the instructions on our Reader Comments page.)

For more information on New York Timesman Juan Forero’s activities in our América see:

NY Times Covering for Colombian Death Squads, by FAIR, February 9, 2001

Atrocity’s Apologist, by Al Giordano, August 23, 2001

Three Days that Shook the Media, by Al Giordano, April 15, 2002

Copycat Journalists Forero and Miller, by Dan Feder, December 12, 2002

For more work by Latuff, see:

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