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Zero Percent of Elite Commentators Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela

Zero Percent of Elite Commentators Oppose Regime Change in Venezuela

Teddy Ostrow

A FAIR survey of US opinion journalism on Venezuela found no voices in elite corporate media that opposed regime change in that country. Over a three-month period (1/15/19–4/15/19), zero opinion pieces in the New York Times and Washington Post took an anti-regime change or pro-Maduro/Chavista position. Not a single commentator on the big three Sunday morning talkshows or PBS NewsHour came out against President Nicolás Maduro stepping down from the Venezuelan government.

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How many of YOUR tax dollars helped pay for THIS?!

The article helps illustrate what a tool “Nobel winning Economist” Paul Krugman is.

This guy still has articles posted here as if he a “progressive” voice. He is a Capitalist to the core having no use for any of the values progressives should espouse. He will always champion The US Empire and its core of Thugs that deploy the world over spreading “freedom and democracy”.

The reason you here no “elite commentators” speaking up to oppose regime change is that the media removes these people from public view and refuse them a voice when they speak up against the interests of the 1 percent and the US Corporate Empire.

See Phil Donahue.

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Hi SuspiraDeProfundis.
and LOL, as the soulless big money news writers continue to say, that America is helping the Venezuelan people fight the criminal. Maduro. LOL, really, major media-----and how is major media helping its own American citizens with truthiness?
Oh right—sorry—I forgot, We the People are not worthy! So there you have it news readers ------We the People count even less than citizens of South America. Please, major media and the spawn of Trump, Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams---- go home and leave the Venezuelan people alone!

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Just heard NPR joining with Fox supporting Bolton and Abrams efforts to support the military overthrow of the Venezuelan government. NPR, which recently had its ombutzperson determine that their reporting is completely fair, objective, and unbiased, included several commentators who supported the military attack to overthrow the Venezuelan government (including a hawkish former Obama administration official). They included no voices of opponents of the coup.

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What war/coup have the “elite” media outlets opposed? Though the article isn’t news, it is good though to see that data. Good reporting Ostrow.

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Hi Steve_ Fernandez: SAY WHAT??? NPR is joining with Fox, and supporting Bolton adn Abrams to upend Venezuela???
MAYBE, its time for heads to roll at NPR— cut off any donations-----send screaming Spanish speakers with picket signs into NPR asking how dare they want to overthrow a sovereign nation??? This could be news worthy and fun at the same time! : )
National Public Radio will support overthrowing another government??? They really need to stop interfering with a sovereign nation in South America!

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While opposing Guaido and American policy, we do not need to be cheerleaders for Maduro.

Two interviews with trade unionist Jose Bodas, member of Socialism and Freedom Party (PSL, Partido por el Socialismo y la Libertad)

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As far as we know Vz had a fair and democratic election that was hacked by right-wingers. But not enough to install a puppet regime .Let the man serve out his elected time in office and have your new, timely, election.
Unless there is a provision and cause for impeachment.

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I imagine you find yourself humorous.

The conservative spin class of NPR is not surprising just like FAIR’s findings of the widespread bias in support of the overthrow of Maduro in the media is not surprising. That doesn’t imply that NPR, and other media outlets that portray themselves as analytical and objective, shouldn’t be called out for their BS, particularly in times of war.

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It not a matter of being cheer leaders for Maduro. It is about the people of Venezuela making their choice and not people in the USA, Canada or Europe.

The last elections were FAIR contrary to the western media spin and the people made thier choice.

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Krugman states incorrectly that oil production was nationalized in 1976 and not by Chavez. So maybe it has more to do with the bad example Chavez setting by “wasting” the oil money on food, housing, and health care and not for supporting the “well to do” in the manner they had grown accustomed to. Bad examples such as these tend to be popular within other countries including our own and must not be allowed to flourish.

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gandolf, suspire, I simply suggest that the media has never reported that there is a third camp position in Venezuela and FAIR has failed also to draw attention to this situation.

The distancing of working class support for Maduro has been going a lot longer.

I understand that right now the priority is to explain the bias and prejudice of media reporting. We have witnessed this so often before, media offering government press releases as facts. We know how it tries to sway attitudes such as listing those countries that support Guaido yet limits its account of supporters to Maduro to four nations, the “suspect” countries.

But it is also incumbent upon those of us who are of a progressive inclination to also know that there is a resistance to the Venezuelan government that does not parrot a White House agenda.

We fail to get reasoned debate such as this article from the ex-foreign minister of Ecuador


OR these

https://nacla.org/news/2017/05/11/critiquing-maduro-left

https://nacla.org/news/2018/05/18/why-venezuela-spiraling-out-control

Too often what we read substitute class politics for the diplomatic intrigues of Washington and Moscow. Surely socialists must push back at the over-simplifications being presented by the media. As analysts of the media, that means FAIR must also be responsible to show the wide diversity of views that exists.

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Regime Change in American MSM must come.

Only other governments should be overthrown by force. Ours must be obeyed without question. Despite gerrymandering, the Electoral Clown College, unlimited secret cash donations and a corporate-controlled media, ours is the “real” democracy that can never be challenged, let alone overthrown. Remember Ferguson? Where were Our Leaders then? “Go home. Do not destroy property! Do not threaten the Police!”

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Nothing so needs overthrowing as other people’s governments. (Mark Twain, paraphrased)

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Good article, however, I am sick to death hearing the MSM referred to as ‘elite’.
Just stop it.
The MSM are gatekeepers and propaganda spinners. Period.

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There is resistance in every country on those Globe to an existing Government. None i can think of have 100 percent support of their populace and none i can think of have 100 percent support of that progressive segment of the population.

Venezuela can not be singled out here. When the focus becomes a single Country , then it the Elliot Abrams of the World that are best served here.

The Countries that we should focus on as a progressive community are the ones that act to defeat these movements in Countries outside their own. They are the real bad guys as they work to restrict the ability of a Maduro to act.

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Yes, great job, Teddy Ostrow. Keep it up.

I agree with you Suspira - in fact, it really helps to remember that underneath it all, human beings are actually a very ‘self-interested’ species. For example, I can’t just assume that because a person is a member of a union or represents a union, that they aren’t also self-serving. In fact, many unions these days have been usurped by ‘representatives’ that are actually representing their own self-interests.

The goal is to ALWAYS ASSUME that human beings are always speaking for their interests alone, even IF they are a presumed progressive. Using this as a guide, we must decide which type of governmental system can provide the most for the many in spite of human beings worst tendencies.

Lastly, while we can’t ever truly know the motivations of any human being, we CAN make some assumptions about the likelihood that a person may or may not actually carry with them a level of ethics and morality. The chances are higher that a person has empathy and ethics if they consider themselves a leftist or surround themselves with other leftists. However, again, we can never let our guard down when it comes to ‘articles’ or ‘stories’ or any type of media spin as it relates to ONE person. It would always be a mistake to allow that one person to represent the views of entire groups of people.

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