Pressure Drop: Globo Reads the Latinobarometer

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Support for democracy in Latin America, 1995-2007. “Democracy is the best form of government “(54%); “In some circumstances, a nondemocratic government might be preferable” (17%); “Authoritarian or democratic, it makes no difference to us” (20%); “No response/Don’t know” (4%). Source: Latinobarómetro.

Capitalism is the future of Latin America, but not just any form of capitalism. A capitalism with a terroristic, guerrilla warfare mentality does not build prosperity, although it may be good business for some. This type of capitalist culture delegitimizes free enterprise in the eyes of society.–Fernando Javier Ruiz, Centro para la Apertura y el Desarrollo de America Latina

Eduardo Guimarães, writing in the Observatório da Imprensa (Brazil), on lies, damned lies and Latin American opinion polling, as viewed through the all-seeing eyeball of the Globo network and the Octávio Frías cult of personality.

O “Informe Latinobarómetro” é elaborado pela ONG chilena Corporação Latinobarómetro desde 1995. Esse Informe vem sendo acompanhado e destacado fortemente pela mídia, sobretudo porque vem mostrando, de alguns anos para cá, grande desalento da população latino-americana com a democracia. A versão 2007 do Informe, porém, está sendo noticiada pela mídia de forma distorcida.

The Latinobarometer Reporter has been issued [annually] by the Chilean NGO since 1995. It has been followed closely and given heavy play by the media, above all, because for several years now it has been showing a great deal of discouragement with democracy on the part of Latin Americans. The 2007 report, however, is being reported by our media in a distorted manner.

Na noite da última sexta-feira, ao noticiar o estudo de 2007, o Jornal da Globo omitiu um de seus dados mais significativos: de que, entre 18 presidentes da América Latina, Lula apareceu como o mais bem avaliado pelo conjunto da população da região. Para variar, o telejornal noticiou as informações de que gostou e ocultou as de que não gostou.

Last Friday, in a report on the 2007 study, the Jornal da Globo omitted one of its most significant findings: That among the 18 presidents in Latin America, the president of Brazil was evaluated most favorably by the population of the region.

Globo is Globo.

You are better off getting your news elsewhere.

Shortly after the 2006 Mexican elections, a similar annual poll showed that the number of Mexicans surveyed expressing doubt about whether democracy was desirable for Mexico had “grown” from 13% to 15%.

That is, within the margin of error.

The headline was along the lines of “Growing number of Mexicans are losing faith in democracy!”

Suggested headline: “Overwhelming majority of Mexicans continue to support democracy.”

That is, if 85% can properly be called an “overwhelming majority.”

Mr. Guimarães also complains of the Folha de S. Paulo:

Já a Folha de S. Paulo destacou que a população venezuelana estaria “à direita” do governo. A troco de que o jornal escreveu isso? O veículo simplesmente cita como indício da suposta visão “mais à direita” dos venezuelanos – de um povo que, é bom lembrar, é governado por um socialista – o fato de que eles aparecem na pesquisa como os que mais apóiam as privatizações.

Meanwhile, the Folha de S. Paulo places the emphasis on the notion that the Venezuelan population is supposedly “to the right” of the government. Based on what? The Folha cites as an indication that Venezuelans have a “more right-wing” vision of things — this is a people governed by socialists, mind you — that they appear in the poll as those who most strongly support privatizations.

Diz a Folha: “O país de Hugo Chávez, aliás, é o que registra a maior aprovação das privatizações [sic] da última década e meia: ali, 47% crêem que elas foram benéficas, contra uma média regional de 35%.”

Writes the Folha: “[Hugoland], moreover, registers the highest level of approval for privatizations [sic] in the last decade and a half: There, 47% believe these were beneficial, against a regional average of 35%.”

A supressão de dados só enganará quem, diferentemente deste que escreve, não se der ao trabalho de ler a última edição do “Informe Latinobarómetro”. E quem não se lembra do quanto já foi mais alto o apoio dos venezuelanos às privatizações? Hoje, é um apoio minoritário. Apesar de ser o mais alto da América Latina, é a minoria dos venezuelanos que apóia a privatização das empresas públicas. Recentemente, com a estatização de empresas de energia elétrica como a Eletricidad de Caracas, por exemplo, ou a CanTV, na telefonia, os preços das tarifas que essas empresas cobravam caiu muito.

The suppression of data will only fool someone who, unlike your author, has not taken the trouble to read the latest Latinobarometer report. Recently, with the statization of electricity companies like Electricidad de Caracas, for example, or CanTV in the telephony sector, the prices these companies charge consumers have fallen substantially.

I am not quite clear about this point. Let me have a look at the report myself and see what it says.

CanTV was that deal where Hugo kicked Verizon out of the country. Without the sort of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth that accompanied the “death” of RCTV, either.

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A pesquisa mostra, por exemplo, que a Venezuela está entre os países em que o apoio à “economia de mercado” caiu mais entre 2005 e 2007 – de 62% da população para 49%, uma diferença de 13 pontos percentuais. E, de 1998 para cá, caiu de 68% para 49%, uma diferença de 19 pontos percentuais. Vale lembrar que Chávez chegou ao poder em 1999.

The survey shows, for example, that Venezuela is among the nation in which support for the “market economy” fell the most between 2005 and 2007 — from 62% of the population to 49%, a drop of 13 points. And from 1998 to the pressent, it fell from 68% to 49%, a drop of 19 points. Chávez came to power in 1999.


“Smile, you’re being manipulated”: commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Globo television network. Source: Zero Fora.

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