Posts Tagged ‘fake news’

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NYTimes has already changed the story so that the claim about the Venezuelan government controlling TV and radio has disappeared. 

In recent years, the audience share of private terrestrial broadcasters has fallen from around 80% in 2000 to around 60% in 2010, with the bulk of the lost audience going to cable and satellite broadcasters, which increased audience share from around 17% to around 33% over the same period. State television’s share increased from around 2% to 5%, not including the “cadenas.”[2]
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The bullshit Times article relies on a single source, a Venezuelan “comedian” named Redondo, and makes zero effort to corroborate anything he says.

“You get jailed there because of tweets.”

Says Redondo. Is it true? You’d think the New York Fucking Times would be interested in that answer in the age of fake news and unceasing journalistic scandals, but…

““If Cabello calls you on [his TV] show,” Redondo said, “it’s a sign: Go after him. If he pronounces your name, you have to leave [Venezuela] basically.””

New York Times makes zero effort to corroborate ANYTHING claimed by this so-called comedian. He’s given a giant column essentially to claim whatever he likes because he’s against the government there. This is cheap propaganda.

“Redondo says” reminds me a hell of a lot of “Syrian activists say,” their lies stove-piped onto the front pages since 2011. This is what US regime-change propaganda looks and smells like.

Thirty-two million people in Venezuela, and the flagship news organization of the American empire couldn’t find anyone to corroborate anything claimed by some unknown “comic.”

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NBC may be more malignant than Fox.

Meet MSNBC’s Federal Law Enforcement Handlers

 

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NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda

 

As it always does – as it always has done from its inception when Wolf Blitzer embedded with U.S. troops – CNN led the way in not just spreading these government lies but independently purporting to vouch for their truth. On February 24, CNN told the world what we all now know is an absolute lie:  that “a CNN team saw incendiary devices from police on the Venezuelan side of the border ignite the trucks,” though it generously added that “the network’s journalists are unsure if the trucks were burned on purpose.”

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It’s now all-bullshit all the time.

Cheap Trump/Rubio Venezuela Aid PR Stunt

The Venezuelan government has an entirely rational reason to suspect the US would use humanitarian aid as a cover to smuggle in weapons to foment armed conflict: The person running quarterback for Trump on the current Venezuela operation, Elliot Abrams, literally did just that 30 years ago.

From the first two paragraphs (emphasis added) of a 1987AP/New York Times article on Elliott Abrams, “Abrams Denies Wrongdoing in Shipping Arms to Contras” (8/17/87—h/t Kevin Gosztola):

Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams has defended his role in authorizing the shipment of weapons on a humanitarian aid flight to Nicaraguan rebels, saying the operation was ”strictly by the book.”

Mr. Abrams spoke at a news conference Saturday in response to statements by Robert Duemling, former head of the State Department’s Nicaraguan humanitarian assistance office, who said he had twice ordered planes to shuttle weapons for the Contras on aid planes at Mr. Abrams’ direction in early 1986.

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CNN’s ‘Venezuelan army defectors’ not in army, not defectors & don’t live in Venezuela