'Left' with a right wing rag


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Published: March 4th 2015
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EVENING

It was 7pm when I’d had some rehydration sachets and felt well enough to finally go looking for a newspaper. I must have searched in twenty different places for one, where each owner had directed me to another place. I’d tried sweet shops, book shops, kiosks and magazine shops but not one had a newspaper. After one hour I found a kiosk with a couple of tabloids. I was curious about the shortage of newspapers. The owner explained:

‘First thing in the morning all the unbiased newspapers were selling out quickly and by midday they had all gone. The second set of newspapers to sell were the less objective left-wing, socialist ones in support of Cristina. By 7pm the only ones left unsold were the right-wing tabloids which were against Cristina, the socialist president.'

Well this told me a lot about people’s political views in Argentina and Argentinian culture. Why would a nation get up so early to buy newspapers when usually they party all night and get up late? I had forgotten three important facts:

1. Argentinians read a lot

2. Argentinians generally love a drama and a scandal

3. Generally Argentinians are very strongly politicised, often in the left wing direction

To my horror, after translating the entire paper reporting to Cristina's speech it hit me that

I’D BEEN LEFT WITH A RIGHT WING RAG.....

And all because I had been ill and was asleep in bed when all the ‘unbiased’ newspapers were selling like hotcakes. I refuse to drink alcohol or fall asleep in a hammock ever again if I am forced to read a right wing rag the next day.

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