Geezers, Putschistas & Other LA Stories
In the olden days, the purpose of op-eds was to sit opposite the editorial page and presumably present an alternative view of world affairs than you’d get from that same bunch of geezers who spout the conventional wisdom week in and week out.
The Los Angeles Times seems to be following the lead of crap-tastic opinion pages like the Washington Post with a new take on the old concept: fresh faces that pretty much back the geezers up. Sort of a win-win for those directly involved. The kids get some ink and the geezers look all wise and incontrovertible.
Today, the Times serves up Alexandra Starr, a freelance writer and “former Organization of American States fellow.” Her thesis is that Chavez is only in it for the power (just like, she writes, basically every other president in Venezuelan history), that Venezuelan voters are only in it for the handouts (they, she knows, will turn on him just like all other Venezuelan electorates). Starr is basically saying what 96% of LA Times opinion pieces have said in the last eight years. (We’re not making that number up—there was a study.)