• The Venezuelan protests that emerged in the beginning of 2014 attracted a
    wide range of academic and media attention to the quality of its reportage. The protests
    centered upon the nature of the opposition to the current President Nicolás Maduro
    (2013-present), the successor to former President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (1999-
    2013). One of the most controversial issues pertaining to the political unrest was the
    tone of U.S. media coverage. Supporters of Chavismo claim that the U.S. mainstream
    media tends to focus on governmental abuses while ignoring the violence perpetrated by
    the opposition. Despite the widespread attention the crisis has generated, there has
    been little effort to systematically test the extent to which the violence is attributable to
    governmental forces and whether or not the U.S. media has accurately and
    dispassionately covered the events. Creating the first political violence dataset for the
    Venezuelan crisis, this research aims to measure the extent to which the U.S. media
    outlet, led by The New York Times, objectively covered the 2014 crisis. Results suggest
    that although the New York Times accurately reported governmental violence, it
    significantly underreported opposition violence. The study presented here not only
    hopes to broaden one’s view of the Venezuelan crisis, but aims to contribute to a wide
    range of academic and policy studies, including Latin American politics, political
    violence, and media studies.