I did skim it when I was on the "fair and balanced" Venezuela Analysis website. My eyes started glossing over when the article seems to be stretching the truth. No admission or evidence of CIA or White House involvement, stretching the truth in that the Ford Foundation (which supported the Human Rights Watch
studies on Chilean prosecution of Pinochet-era criminality) or never discussing why the Milton Friedman award was given to the one particular student. It was done because according to another of these wacky, overtly biased anti-opposition blogs...
In 2008, the US-based Cato Institute awarded the US$500,000 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty to student leader Yon Goicoechea for his role in mobilising protests against the suspension of private broadcaster RCTV’s licence.
Students took to the streets in opposition of Chavez era shutting down of RCTV and six other television media outlets
? Why is the CATO Institute supporting those student actions a bad
And it makes general allegations that the US is publicly and privately sending millions of dollars to Venezuelan opposition groups, while not even pointing out what those groups are, what they do, whose involved and again, most of the hyperlinks are to similarly slanted opinion blogs and commentaries from like minded bloggers. That's about as fair and balanced as Fox Nation or Venezuelan mainstream media. And it states that that Maduro's Party has won plenty of free and fair elections, that's great, especially when the media is dominated by government run media at pretty much anytime and the restrictions are only eased during the election cycle, regardless of what Jimmy Carter or George Galloway says. How you can have free and fair elections without a free and independent media seems peculiar to me. And the blogs source for it having had free and fair elections is pro-government think tanks.
And then it says the media supports the opposition due to ownership being overwhelmingly private... which is true but also incredibly misleading
. All of the private pay television stations (which only 41% of Venezuelans have access to) still have to follow the mandate of airing government speeches and other press releases/conferences
or be punished. Even covering the protests
violates Venezuelan broadcasting law
and this is what the opposition media
has to operate under. Globovision earlier faced censorship for a brief spot that called for new elections if Chavez, due to his cancer treatment in Cuba, was unable to continue as President. As for the opposition led newspapers, one barely has a circulation of a quarter million and the other two barely have a circulation above a hundred thousand
and all of them are under similar censorship due to Venezuala's odd broadcasting laws and furthermore... are running out of newsprint
And that's just from two of the ten issues discussed in that blog. Hypothetical,
from Greg Palast
people and engages
in dubious sourcing
, how can
with a lot of
of view on
. It's pretty
trust the Guardian
on its bread
and butter commentary
wise. But why
I'm sorry, your small business is serving the fascist, anti-democratic oligarchs. If you can afford stylish polo shirts, you're supporting income inequality.
I'm sorry, your niece who was shot and killed by the police was a Fascist and a Nazi, as was the Venezuelan Miss Tourism 2013.
I'm sorry, you work for Ted Turner, it's self explanatory. :p