- Posted March 11, 2013 by
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RAN, Palm Oil, and the organized slander of Hugo Chavez
Our western dominated media seems to be employing the strategy, that if we can’t beat ‘em, then we might as well throw a whole bunch of mud in their eye.
Craven, and seemingly incapable of a fair fight, the ‘mainstream’ media egregiously; goes for the low blow, each and every time. The propaganda and half-truth, levied against the deceased Venezuelan President, at times veers into the realm of classifying Chavez as a dictatorial strongman, but I think the lion’s share of the effort to impugn and delegitimize Chavez, is to make him out to be playing with something far short of a full deck.
Perhaps most recognizably, we have seen the baseness of the coverage of President Chavez in colorful remarks that he has made about George W. Bush being the devil, or in his referring to Sarah Palin as a confused beauty pageant contestant. These comments have been made out to be the zenith of President Chavez’s intellectual powers. And although the Venezuela leader, may — at times — make these sort of flip, off the cuff remarks and comments; his raising of serious and incisive points about the United States empire and belligerent ‘hegemonic’ power; generally go unnoticed by a media, seemingly looking to do nothing other than lampoon and skewer the Bolivarian President.
Presumably, anyone who opposes — and has a coherent critique — of U.S. neo-colonialism and imperialism is some kind of a buffoon or imbecile. Anyone looking to swim against the tide of the straitjacket that the wealthiest countries want to affix upon the rest of humanity, apparently must be hopelessly misinformed and/or wildly out of touch. Never do the so-called mainstream media reliable sources, focus on figures like a drop in poverty from 71% in 1996 to 23% in 2010, or that Venezuela, long ago, met its UN Millennium Development targets. Instead, slander, invective, and a generalized muddying of the waters, are the tools of the ‘diligent reporting’ of the ‘venerable’ print media.
One would think, if one were to put any stock in the media’s egregious, slanderous actions, that a “dictatorial, oafish, president” controls the state of Venezuela. The truth of the matter, is, undeniably, that making progress there — on the fronts where President Hugo Chavez has been successful — would, of course, be downplayed.
This stratagem is employed by green groups too in running smear campaigns such as those inflicted on palm oil for the past 2 decades and blindly repeated, sometimes by a compliant media, eagerly lapping up and regurgitating the Press Releases of green groups like the Rainforest Action Network, whose only claim to legitimacy is the number of noughts in their burgeoning bank account made all the more impressive by their ability to have them augmented by governments such as the European Commission who, eager to protect the EU’s edible oilseed industries such as rape and sunflower oils, are only too happy to throw millions at them in return for planning and executing campaigns against palm oil which the EC is aware are based on “manufactured” and false evidence!
Characterized by too few reporters with too little training chasing too many stories, injustice abounds. With corporate takeovers, such media organizations are under pressure to deliver profits. Many of these news organizations also find themselves losing market share to free news sources on the internet. With this phenomena of shrinking viewership and readership, many of these news organization resort to cost cutting by reducing experienced reporters and recruiting smaller numbers and less experienced and younger news crews. The result is that much of the Press Releases and news stories released by green groups are often reported verbatim without adequate fact checking and research!
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