The Clinic (newspaper)

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The Clinic
The Clinic logo.
Front page of The Clinic's special edition commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, published on 5 September 2013.
Front page of The Clinic's special edition commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, published on 5 September 2013.
Type Weekly newspaper/magazine
Founded 1998
Headquarters Santiago, Chile

The Clinic is a Chilean satirical/investigative newspaper founded by Patricio Fernández Chadwick in November 1998. The paper includes a wide mix of cultural criticism, jokes, in-depth interviews, and investigative work. 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 years, it has changed drastically, and now costs 900 pesos[1] (US$1.75 in 2013) and averages forty pages. Today, it is published every Thursday during normal operation times (it usually takes February off) and published its 499th edition on June 20, 2013.[1]


Cardboard cutouts of politicians from Chile made to look like they are on a Hawaiian vacation, at the entrance to Bar The Clinic, a bar based in Santiago, owned by the newspaper.

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. Another hallmark of the people is its "shocking" covers, which often contain near-nudity and photoshopped heads, along with ironic or double-entendre captions.

  • 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 (Armed Personal Guard, an organization established to serve as a paramilitary presidential bodyguard for Salvador Allende)[2] 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[edit]

The Clinic covers current events from a generally leftist position,[citation needed] showing contempt for almost all other media outlets in the country, and mocking politicians of all stripes, from former military dictator Augusto Pinochet to the late communist leader Gladys Marín.

The Clinic is also critical of what it calls "lazy reporting" and many times it has criticized the centrist and center-left governments that have ruled Chile after its transition to democratic government.

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  1. ^ a b The Clinic, Portada 499 (Cover 499), June 20, 2013. Archived in
  2. ^ Hermógenes Pérez de Arce, Corrupción en el Chile de Allende, 5 Aug 2004.