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The Clinic is a Chilean satirical/investigative newspaper founded by Patricio Fernández Chadwick in November 1998. The name was inspired by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's October 1998 arrest in Britain at The London Clinic, which bears the name The Clinic on its façade. In its first incarnation, it was only a few pages long, distributed only within Santiago, and costing 100 pesos (US¢22 at the time). Over the course of its short lifetime it has changed drastically, and now costs 700 pesos (US$1.1 as of October 2008) and averages forty pages. Today, it is published every Thursday during normal operation times (it usually takes February off) and published its 262nd edition on October 2, 2008.



One of its humor features is done in a style reminiscent of Sergio Aragones' marginal cartoons in Mad Magazine: at the bottom of each page (except the covers), the statement Sabía usted que...( Did you know that...?) is printed and followed by a remark which can be obscene, witty, snarky, or impenetrable, but is always very short.

  • Examples:
    • It's true: marijuana leads to coke, fries, two burgers, three ice creams...
    • Ghosts don't believe in people.
    • If everybody who says they were there, really was there, the GAP (Group of Friends of the President, an organization established to serve as a paramilitary presidential bodyguard for Allende) had about 70,000 members.
    • To be on the front page of Las Últimas Noticias, all you have to do is bare your butt in a disco.
    • Barney is Godzilla's gay son.
    • For the cost of a missile, you can make 25,000 envelopes with anthrax.

Editorial stance

The Clinic has shown contempt for almost all other media outlets in the country, and usually mocks politicians of all stripes from Pinochet to the late communist leader Gladys Marín (although there is a notorious bias against the right wing political parties).

Its main criticism of mainstream newspapers is their track record of 3 years of staunch opposition to Allende; and 17 years of craven submission to and acceptance of Pinochet.
The Clinic is also critical of what it calls "lazy reporting" and many times has criticized the centrist and center-left governments that have ruled Chile after its transition to democratic government.

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