U.S. Relations

Another Misleading O’Grady/Wall Street Journal Article about El Salavdor

Friday afternoon we posted about last week’s protest of Sanchez Cerén’s visit to Freeport, NY. In the post we mentioned recent op/ed pieces published by the Wall Street Journal were a little hyperbolic in their discussion of the FMLN and the threats against democracy.

The author of those pieces – Mary O’Grady – published another op/ed piece in the WSJ this morning. Using the same Cold War language, she echoed the same grossly misleading if not outright dishonest allegations that Cerén and the FMLN led an anti-American protest in the days after 9-11.

The only reason it matters what Mary O’Grady thinks and writes is that some people still read the Wall Street Journal. In the comments under the article, one reader thanked O’Grady for keeping people informed about what’s happening “down there” and that it sounded as if things are “getting worse.”

If the WSJ and Mary O’Grady are your only source of news about El Salvador, then things may appear to be getting worse. Fortunately, there are some other sources of news in English that provide a more accurate account of the situation in El Salvador.  We thought now might be a good time to share some of our favorite online news sources – please share with your friends and family, especially if you suspect they might be reading the WSJ.

English Blogs:

Tim’s El Salvador Blog  – Tim provides great news and analysis of current events in El Salvador in English.

Grit and Grace

Linda’s El Salvador Blog

A few of news agencies and blogs that have provided good coverage on El Salvador in English include:

Insight Crime

Latin Times

Al Jazeera

Huffington Post

Spanish news agencies:

El Faro

La Prensa Grafica

Diario CoLatino


And for more information on Mary O’Grady, here is an entertaining writeup from NACLA. O’Grady also spoke at a conference in Puerto Rico earlier this year.  Amazingly, she argues that its the intellectuals that are responsible for undermining development and progress in Latin America over the past century.