I got a Twitter feed from a friend saying that Rafael Caldera, former President of Venezuela, had passed away. I checked Google News and there was a note attributed to Tal Cual, saying the same. I then checked Wikipedia, and it had listed as the date of death July 7th, 2009.
So I figured: one, two, three independent sources, all of them flimsy, hmm: should I post? Should I not post?
I went ahead and posted. Turns out – he’s not dead!
I’m wiping the egg of my face. My apologies to the Caldera family. They must be furious, rightly so.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.