An earthquake in Venezuela saw a pro-Western opposition leader, invited by the BBC to criticize the countrys socialist government over inflation, swapped at the last minute. Ironically, his replacement blamed US sanctions.
The act of divine providence occurred after the start of Tuesday nights Newsnight program, where a report on the introduction of a new currency by Nicolas Maduros government was earlier billed with being followed by an interview with a pro-West “senior Venezuelan opposition leader.”
However, the interview was scuppered at the last minute, with presenter Evan Davis explaining that only minutes before, an earthquake had struck the South American nation causing the guest to flee the studio in Caracas.
Enter journalist and activist Gregory Wilpert, who instead of giving an anti-government tirade, pointed to the crippling effect US-imposed sanctions had on the country.
For Wilpert, while President Maduro did not move quickly enough to institute “a new economic policy in a timely manner,” the “very harsh” financial sanctions imposed by the US government made it impossible to refinance its debt.
“You could arguably say that this was the straw that broke the camels back that led to hyperinflation,” Wilpert concluded before Evans wrapped up the interview.
What lush irony.
Newsnight had Venezuelan opposition MP lined up to entirely blame socialist Gov for inflation crisis but Caracas earthquake intervened.
Academic who filled in explained tragedy could've been avoided if not for US sanctions.
Sometimes God writes the best scripts. pic.twitter.com/wQsXetfstz
— max albedo (@MaxAlbedo) August 22, 2018
The irony behind the unscheduled guest swap wasn't lost on those weary of the mainstream media, with one commenting that “sometimes God writes the best scripts.”
Others meanwhile, relished in how quickly the BBC rushed Wilpert off once the interview didnt go their way.
I love when an interview isn't going the way BBC intended is ended so abruptly by interviewer they must practice it
— Kevin Ryan (@RyanLinandkevin) August 22, 2018
I thought this guy was too balanced for Newsnight!
— Graeme #WeAreCorbyn #JC9 (@redgraeme) August 22, 2018
I knew it! God is a leftie.
— Jacqueline #BOYCOTT APARTHEID BiBiC (@ylem42) August 22, 2018
HAha , was that why, I caught a bit of it, thought there was a fault with the #Newsnight dog whistle, he gave a good analysis of a complex situation imo.
— Janet T Beckett #JC9 (@carbonsaveruk) August 22, 2018
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