Francisco Toro at Caracas Chronicles reports:
Miguel Ángel Pérez Pirela has just been named [Venezuela’s] Information Minister.
If you don’t know who this is, picture a commie Glenn Beck, but way, way nuttier. Basically a paranoid schizophrenic has now been tapped to run the chavista propaganda machine.
When last we encountered Pérez Pirela here, he was a pro-Chavez TV host ranting about how the answers to a crossword puzzle published in the national newspaper Ultimas Noticias were a coded message to incite the murder of President Hugo Chavez’s brother, Adan.
Among other things he said the answer to one of the clues, “Rabat,” was a Jewish holiday (it isn’t) and that this presumably was the scheduled date of the assassination– thereby adding a sinister Jewish element to the imaginary plot.
This will be the guy in charge of making the Venezuelan government’s case to the nation and the world.
Update: Pérez Pirela denies the report that he was appointed Information Minister.