Everyone Washington Supports, by Definition, Is a Moderate Centrist
Date Written: 23/03/2019
Year Published: 2019
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23581
Many right-wing movements and leaders are described as moderate or even left-leaning by politicians and corporate media. In these cases the terms no longer have a political definition but is a way to convey approval.
Despite this, or rather precisely because of it, the media are presenting Guaidó not as a conservative (or further still to the right), but as a centrist social democrat who can unite a fractured nation. CBC and Forbes both described him as a "centrist social democrat," the former adding that he is also an activist and a "salsa-loving baseball fan." Others went further, claiming that he and his party are "center left" (Reuters, 1/24/19) or even "socialist". The New York Times claimed, more broadly, that Gauidó had "captured the heart of the nation" and that "a vast majority of Venezuelans support him."
In reality, Guiadó's Popular Will party has always represented the most radical right-wing elements of the Venezuelan opposition, perhaps the reason that Fox Business' Trish Reagan eagerly endorsed him as a "freedom fighter leading his country to democracy" amid "massive cheers from the people." Popular Will has consistently favored confrontation and violence over negotiation; a recent opposition plan to amass an army of 200 soldiers to shoot their way across the border to bring Guaidó back into Venezuela after an overseas tour was only stopped by a panicked Colombian government, according to Bloomberg.