Venezuela's Media Isn't Smearing the Opposition; It's Making Them Invisible

By Javier Corrales, Franz von Bergen

The opposition has a chance to gain momentum in December 6 parliamentary elections, but the game is rigged against them.

With legislative elections on December 6 fast approaching and faith in President Nicolás Maduro's government at an all-time low, Venezuela's opposition senses an opportunity for a big win. Polls indicate a 15 to 30 point advantage for opposition candidates, which means that for the first time since the early 2000s the opposition has a real chance to take a national-level institution away from Chavismo. But the cards may yet be stacked in the government’s favor.  

In previous elections, Venezuela's state-owned media has helped the administration get a leg up on its rivals by...

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