miércoles, abril 06, 2005
What's interesting is that the English version of this story emphasizes the Argentine foreign minister's criticism of Venezuela's arms purchases, while the Spanish version, covering the same talk given by Argentina's Defense Minister José Pampuro, emphasized Pampuro's insistence that since Venezuela has a democratically elected and stable government, Argentina is not going to meddle in Venezuelan politics.
The respective headlines I noticed were, in English, "Argentina Worried Venezuela Could Trigger Arms Race-Report" and in Spanish (my translation), "Argentina: Venezuela has a 'democratic government'".
Ah, the powers of spin.
And the thing of it is that neither article is committing a falsehood; the authors have simply chosen different points of Pampuro's speech on which to focus. I think this is the most pervasive, and most difficult to eliminate, form of media spin: framing what is important and what is not.