Bayly and Capriles


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What did you think?


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  1. “What did you think?” Well, it seems that when Capriles speaks, people do whatever it takes to listen to him, for example, the stream I was watching had something like 300k views halfway through the interview. In contrast, people who watch Maduro’s interviews have to go through the mental exercise of thinking to themselves “This is the guy Chávez chose so I have to listen to him, because, other than that, he has the oratory skills of a half-eaten apple”

    As far as the interview goes, it was solid, nothing out of the extraordinary, denouncing the government’s unwillingness to review the cuadernos and how that creates a strong feeling of fraud, his view on how the CNE and other latin american leaders rushed to recognize Maduro, you know, the usual. What surprised me was how serious Bayly was, I was expecting a much more relaxed, comedic type of interview.

    • “What surprised me was how serious Bayly was, I was expecting a much more relaxed, comedic type of interview.” – I agree. He kept calling Capriles Mr. President, my guess is that he wanted to give more credibility to the interview.

      • I actually found the whole “Presidente Capriles” schtick kind of awkward. Once would have been OK, but he overdid it. That, and Bayly’s hair…

        • I think the “President Capriles” was his editorial comment in such a way that well if he is asked why he would explain the Latin American countries haven’t come strong with the audits and letting Maduro buy them with oil gifts. Despicable.

          I mean to this point the fact Capriles got the votes or not is secondary, although I believe what they said they are pretty sure they got the votes, because when they didn’t have the votes they said it too. The point is that there wasn’t an audit and the other Latin American governments have been a bunch of pussies over it. Guabinosos like we said in Venezuela.

          Bayly’s hair, the guy is an eccentric or what. :O

        • I think Bayly’s hair is a gimmick, a foil to make him look (dumb and) dumber than what he is. Usually, his style is low-key extraction, while pretending to be a bit of dimwit, only to hammer the interviewee with some comment or another. With Capriles, Bayly was dead serious, and that was good to see.

          On the other hand, will someone PLEASE tell Capriles to ditch the Sopranos sports jacket when he’s being interviewed? Clothes don’t make the man, but they do shape attitudes. Capriles would do well to match the level of respect that others have accorded him, at an appointed hour.

          • I soooo agree with you Syd, the sports jacket is really not serious. He needs an image fashion consultant asap, and for Venezuelan idiosyncrasy, that means doesn’t have to be that formal okay but c’mon.

          • yes but there are other factors and variables you don’t know about… it is a late rush interview and body armor could be a factor though not visible here but the jacket is good when you have a protective vest w/plates. Suits not good when wearing armor.

        • I couldn’t agree more. It generated a mock feeling half-way, and then diluted into an unnerving tirade.

  2. President Capriles looked very solid and on control; obviously Bayly helped him a lot. But when Bayly pressed him over the issue of how to calling the regime, he hesitated to call it a “dictatorship”, to which Bayly disagreed. Other than that, for the reaction of the filibusters, and Maduro’s new plot, Bayly les dió lo que se llama en la madre!!!

    • He hesitated to call it a “dictatorship” because it isn’t a dictatorship in the traditional sense, this is an autocratic, authoritarian, abusive, corrupt, fascist, (and almost proven) fraud government, and that’s what we need to communicate to the world.

      That has been my line of thinking since years ago and I’m glad we’re pointing that way, I agree that it feels like a dictatorship but people outside Venezuela can’t see it that way because they expect military like repression when someone talks about dictatorships.

      • “[…] this is an autocratic, authoritarian, abusive, corrupt, fascist, (and almost proven) fraud government […]”
        I have never read a better description of a dictatorship… Many thanks.

        • Touché hehe

          But seriously, I agree that it’s a dictatorship, but in my experience people from other countries always ask “how can it be a dictatorship if people can criticize, if there are elections, if people can freely move, etc.” and that’s when I understand that this, at best, can be called a “neo-dictatorship” or a “chavista style dictatorship”.

          • This sort of crypto-para-quasi dictatorship has occurred before in other countries. Zimbabwe, for instance. Also Iran.

            Was Batista in Cuba a dictator? When he was re-elected in 1954, opposition candidates won a third of the Senate seats. There were large anti-Batista demonstrations with no government interference, and opposition press in operation. All this would be impossible in an overt dictatorship such as Cuba under Castro or Fascist Italy.

            So I would not credit Chavez with inventing this kind of dictatorship.

          • Capriles balked at calling the Venezuelan regime a dictatorship because it allows a minimum modicum of freedoms so as to meet the appearances of a virtual democracy .
            Moises Naim has written several articles on this new kind of dictatorship . Its like a woman who wears a g string but is otherwise naked , ours is a g string democracy , that is to say a dictatorship which covers a tiny part of itself with some democratic practices so as to make believe its not a dictatorship !!

          • No worries. I have been abroad for quite some time so I know what you are talking about. Actually the ñángara-penetration of the European media has always been impressive for me. They not only have the Guardian and all the Fabians, which symbol is precisely a wolf disguised as “Little Red Cap”. In London particularly, several campaign groups financed by the Venezuelan Embassy are in charge of building up “consensus.”

  3. The interview contained more information and truth than any “Cadena Nacional” I have seen in the last 2 months. Good to see it move to a more International forum as it reaches far more people. Anyone that ones to see Capriles knows how to find the links to do so. Twitter has a very active community to inform everyone of his almost 4 million supporters where to go and different options for viewing “en vivo”.

  4. I agree that the interviewer overdid it with the Presidente Capriles thing. Having said that, I think Bayly was pandering to his core audience: hardcore antichavistas. He works, after all, for a mayamero TV channel, the kind of TV channel that a Señora del Cafetal watches when visiting her relatives in Weston or Doral, not exactly an espace for inclusion.

  5. You should see the programming of this tv station… Bayly is the only viewable show, the rest is Venevision on Steroids.

  6. I watched the whole interview before commenting:

    1. Capriles should have dressed in a jacket and tie. He would have “looked” more presidential.

    2. Bayly kept interrupting and trying to steer Capriles’ message. In spite of which, Capriles did a good job of not going where he didn’t want to go.

    3. As mentioned by others, Bayly overdid the shtick of calling Capriles “President”. Capriles should have stopped that by saying that it is inappropriate to apply the title until he has taken the Oath of Office.

    4. In general, Capriles’ manner is too casual for this forum. He is used to Venezuelan “folksy” manners. He needs to understand that the rest of the world won’t respect that.


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