Via The Mex Files (not even the common decency, etc etc) I hear that I've been too harsh on Matthew Yglesias because of his comment about Ecuador having seen a coup this year (and not Honduras).
Rich and Otto – please stop. Neither of you read Yglesias regularly, so isn’t it a little bit lazy/intellectually dishonest on your part to launch such “thorough” critiques of him on the basis a tossed-off line at the end of one post?
Our hero defender of Yglesias is a blog called Yamascuna in this post. We extract:
Alas, this has turned into something of a minor issue within the Lat-Am blogging community, who have decided that Yglesias is some sort of hopeless idiot.
So here's the point:
1) You got a nasty case of straw man there. Also, what's this "please stop" when I make mention of the subject just once? Bleeding heart liberal blogger that can't abide the fact that progressives make errors too. WTF? What world do you live on?
2) You confuse idiocy with ignorance. For sure Yglesias is no idiot (in fact it takes an idiot to infer that on the basis of a couple of lines). What he is, however, is ignorant. As mentioned previously, it's perfectly ok to be ignorant of LatAm affairs...I mean, I'm utterly ignorant on MidEast affairs, or Myanmar, or Mongolia, or a thousand other subjects....but you do not, and get this straight, do NOT have the right to pontificate if you cannot get the most basic of base facts correct. Not even in a "wrap up the year" world geopolitical review of 2009. This is triple-true when you have a high profile as one of these professional experts that make a living via words spoken on social/political affairs.
3) We, down here, are pig sick of you up there telling us how to live our lives, what we should or shouldn't be doing and proferring wise saws and modern instances when, at the same time, you think the capital of Brazil is Montevideo, if water goes down the plughole clockwise or anticlockwise really makes a freakin' difference to life, Hugo Chávez is the President of South America, Colombia is spelled with a 'U', Ecuador comes equipped with a 'Q', how said country suffered a coup in 2009 and not Honduras, there's no colour TV or broadband internet South of the Rio Grande, Macchu Pichu was built by the Aztecs, Colombia has no real political risk problems and them there Mexicans don't know how to make a burrito right, do they?
And so, when we make a stand and point out a glaring dumbass error that is totally deserving of ridicule, we're the ones in the wrong! Fuck you Yamascuna, you Uncle Tom blogger. That clear enough for you?