By Alexander Rubinstein
CARACAS, VENEZUELA — At first, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was characterized by the mainstream media as the eighth wonder of the world. But now, after his failed military revolt, it seems ‘Coupbama’ (as Guaido is known) is being treated more harshly by the press.
In the immediate aftermath of the attempted military coup, the mainstream media launched into a defense of the maneuver, admonishing anti-war activists and intellectuals alike for correctly identifying it as a coup attempt. The Daily Beast declared that “John Bolton is right,” it wasn’t a coup; Al Día, a Philadelphia-based news outlet focused on the experience of Latinos in the U.S., called it a “civic-military rebellion;” and Bloomberg and the Miami Herald ran op-eds to similar effect.
Guaido declared that the military coup was the “final phase” of “Operation Liberty” during a video recorded of him standing next to about a dozen armed soldiers. But after CNN’s Fareed Zakaria pointed out to Guaido’s ambassador to the U.S., Carlos Vecchio, that “nothing really happened that day,” Vecchio explained: “This is a process. This is an ongoing process. It’s not a single event….