Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with Alan MacLeod, who is the author of Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting. He just wrote the piece "The Bolivian Coup Is Not a Coup -- Because U.S. Wanted It to Happen" for the media watch group FAIR.
Jeanine Añez has declared herself the leader of Bolivia just days after incumbent President Evo Morales was forced to step down when the military abandoned him. With Morales in exile in Mexico, Añez declared herself the leader of the Senate and the interim President in a half-empty legislative session lacking quorum.
Over the weekend reports emerged from Bolivia where indigenous communities in the majority-indigenous nation are facing a violent crackdown from security forces. But Western media coverage has failed to provide the historical and political context for how the leftwing government of Evo Morales has been upended by a far-right movement through anti-democratic methods. Through corporate media’s lens, the "Bolivia coup" Morales is the undemocratic tyrant.
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