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"Next!" Chavez targets Globovision, threatens CNN
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, May 30, 2007

It is getting just a touch harder for those who've supported Chavez to pretend what is happening there now has anything to do with freedom or democracy:
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Tuesday called opposition news channel Globovision an enemy of the state and said he would do what was needed to stop it from inciting violence, only days after he shut another opposition broadcaster.
Thousands have protested for 4 days now concerning the shut down of popular RCTV.
"Enemies of the homeland, particularly those behind the scenes, I will give you a name: Globovision. Greetings gentlemen of Globovision, you should watch where you are going," Chavez said in a broadcast all channels had to show.

"I recommend you take a tranquilizer and get into gear, because if not, I am going to do what is necessary."
Of course state TV only showed the hundreds put together for "pro-Chavez" demonstrations. Sound familiiar?
RCTV's shutdown, coupled with the probes of CNN and Globovision, will intensify international scrutiny of free speech in Venezuela, Miguel Henrique Otero, editor-president of Caracas-based El Nacional, the nation's second-most read newspaper, said in an interview yesterday.

``Press relations with governments with authoritarian inclinations are always difficult,'' said Paul Knox, chair of school of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. ``At this point, it's fair to say that the Chavez government has an authoritarian inclination.''
You think?!
 
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``Press relations with governments with authoritarian inclinations are always difficult,’’ said Paul Knox, chair of school of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto. ``At this point, it’s fair to say that the Chavez government has an authoritarian inclination.’’
Given that most of Ryerson academics are far left, saying this must have been like chewing glass.
 
Written By: cap joe
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``At this point, it’s fair to say that the Chavez government has an authoritarian inclination.’’

Duh..... Who would have guessed. What a maroon
 
Written By: Jay Evans
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It is getting just a touch harder for those who’ve supported Chavez to pretend what is happening there now has anything to do with freedom or democracy:
It might be harder, but I’m sure they’re up to the task, given this dispatch from Kos-land a month ago, featuring such gems as:
It is therefore, as I say, extraordinary to see the mainstream media in the U.S. and Britain insinuating that this move [pulling RCTV’s license] by Chavez somehow represents an attack on democracy and freedom. In fact, the move - totally constitutional - may well result in a media that is more pluralistic, not less.

...

The problem for the U.S. establishment (and hence the establishment media) is that Chavez represents an alternative to U.S.-imposed neo-liberalism and a direct challenge to U.S. domination. He, like Castro’s Cuba, represents the "threat of a good example". [Emphasis mine]
If they’ve managed to believe in Castro for four decades, I don’t think we’ve come close to straining their ability to warp reality in their minds to believe Chavez is a good guy.





 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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It is therefore, as I say, extraordinary to see the mainstream media in the U.S. and Britain insinuating that this move [pulling RCTV’s license] by Chavez somehow represents an attack on democracy and freedom. In fact, the move - totally constitutional - may well result in a media that is more pluralistic, not less.
Who authored that gem? Was it MK or Erb?
 
Written By: meagain
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"At this point, it’s fair to say that the Chavez government has an authoritarian inclination."
Damn he’s good...

Next up, the sun will rise, and the stock market with either rise of fall...
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Since Cindy Sheehan has given up on America, we should look for her to defend her good friend Chavez (or he’s probably kicked her to the curb also since she can no longer be used to abuse Bush)
 
Written By: shark
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It is getting just a touch harder for those who’ve supported Chavez to pretend what is happening there now has anything to do with freedom or democracy:
You underestimate the "reality-based community."
 
Written By: Aldo
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Who authored that gem? Was it MK or Erb?
Well, I must rise to Scott Erb’s defense here. At his blog, for the May 29th entry, he said:
In Venezuela President Hugo Chavez continues to nationalize the country, clamp down on dissent, and turn his country to what looks awfully like a socialist dictatorship.
However, of the two you named, Scott Erb is the only one I’ll defend...
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Allow me to point out, that there are many here in the states, who have yet to learn what the Venezuelans are learning just now; there is no such thing as getting back your freedom of speech, without a revolution. It’s true; there are large numbers of protesters every night, but there is no leader. As a result, the anti Chavez movement, will wither and die, alas!!. Chavez and his thugs are also the ones with all the guns, you see.

Now, about this "Fairness Doctrine"....
 
Written By: Bithead
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CNN must be so confused. After all, as Saddam could tell you, CNN is a dictator’s best friend.

I watched CNN for about an hour yesterday, the only mention of anything going on in Venezuala was a quick blurb in the ’scroll’ at the bottom. They of course had extensive coverage of bad things going on in Iraq and found plenty of time to hype Wolf Blitzer’s show asking if the deaths in the military are worth whatever crazy, half-baked, stupid, ignorant.... errrr, if the deaths are worth what we’re doing in Baghdad right now (i.e. The Surge).
 
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