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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 02:51 PM

4. You prefer the Wall Street Urinal, the New York Slimes, the Miami Hairball and...

...all the other propagandists for the 1%, as your 'news' sources?

I balance their tripe on the Latin American Left with news sources that favor the poor majority, democracy, and fairness, not to mention providing a far, FAR more informative read on what is really happening in Latin America. You apparently prefer the "Alice in Wonderland" (inside out, upside down, backwards) viewpoint of the corporate press, which is so often utterly misleading and even downright liars (ahem...WMDs in Iraq?) on so many subjects. And that may be why you mistook a NACLA article for a Venezuela Analysis article. Your bias is showing. Venezuela Analysis merely reprinted the NACLA article. It didn't generate it. THAT's why I visit venezuelanalysis.com. They not only provide information that the corporate press suppresses about Venezuela, they reprint excellent articles like this one, that will NEVER appear in the corporate press, which is incapable of criticizing itself and has become disgustingly monotonous in its advocacy for the rich and powerful, its disinformation and its lies.

Where do you get your news from, Bacchus4.0? Do you ever consult a leftist source to get an alternative view? How come you always bring up Venezuela Analysis' bias, whenever any article is cited to that source, even if just a reprint, and never, ever discuss the bias of the corporate 'news' monopoly? Do you even realize how biased the latter is--how unreliable, how disinformative, how utterly useless as to understanding even the most basic things about Latin American current affairs?

If we believed the corporate press, we would have to believe that Venezuelan voters are a bunch of stupid peasants, who keep electing an incompetent, buffoon dictator, by big majorities--for instance. I found that view suspicious, so I've tried to find out WHY Venezuelans support the Chavez government so consistently. In truth, in their own view, they voted themselves a "New Deal" and their own FDR-like president. Would that we could do so! But we are, in truth, a decrepit empire with only the remnants of democracy and an election system so compromised that we really cannot verify the election of ANY public official in the country. Why doesn't the corporate press examine THAT reality and fulfill its obligations as the "Fourth Estate"? It's actually laughable to expect them to do so, they are so corrupt.

They do the same thing on all the important issues in LatAm--promote a stupid, unrealistic, non-fact-based, IGNORANT view of the region, just as they promote a stupid, unrealistic, non-fact-based, IGNORANT view of our own country and its economic, political and military realities. LatAm is undergoing a leftist democracy revolution of immense importance, but you wouldn't know it here, if your only news sources were the corporate press.

This revolution has enormous implications for our people here, in the business line, travel, social and family connections and in numerous other ways, including basic understanding of U.S. policy and reaction to U.S. policy in the region. Our people are ignorant--ignorant!--of what is taking place in Latin America, in the broad new alliances among LatAm countries--such as UNASUR and CELAC (which exclude the U.S. as a member), specific trade alliances (Mercosur, ALBA)--all dominated by countries with Leftist governments--in opposition to U.S. domination of the OAS, in resistance to U.S. domination on all fronts, and in the assertion of the independence of individual countries and of the region, and, most especially, on issues of social justice. The region is transformed from what it was a decade or so ago--and, not unimportantly, Venezuela has been a pioneer of this vast change.

Really, the corporate press' cartoonish creation of their bogeyman "Chavez the dictator" and their other swipes at associating the new Leftist leadership with tyranny, are not only absurd, they are also deeply propagandistic and uninformative. Lacking reliable information from the corporate press on half of the western hemisphere, we need to seek out other sources in order to figure out what's going on, and Venezuelanalysis.com is one of the best sources on Venezuela--for the broad sweep of its articles (many topics--social, political, educational, agriculture, etc.--and reprints of other articles), for detailed information and often excellent analysis and for its attention to the views of ordinary people (who don't exist, as far as the 1%-er press is concerned).

If you don't like a Leftist bias, and prefer a Corporate bias, then read BOTH--and weigh the differences as to reality--unless you don't care for reality either.

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