Sunday, May 07, 2006

Saturday Morning Edition

Bolivian Natural Gas - NPR's Julie McCarthy was reporting from La Paz on the Pres. Evo Morales' move to take control of Bolivian natural gas fields in order to renegociate fairer contracts with the companies managing them. McCarthy said Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez "swooped into La Paz." That's an interesting phrase which I've yet to hear on NPR to describe the stealth visits to Iraq of Rice, Rumsfeld, Bush, Cheney or Blair. McCarthy also gives a lot of airtime to describing the concerns of the minority of Bolivians--the wealthy. She writes, "Some Bolivians fear" the moves of Morales, while "critics have made much of" his comfortable relationship with Chavez. What Bolivians, what critic? Definitely not the poor, the Indigenous, the dispossessed--that is the majority of Bolivians. Who is Julie talking to?

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