Here’s what passes for news in some circles. I subscribed to the Media Research Center (MRC) newsletter, and I receive daily (sometimes more) mailings. I am dead sure some of my Facebook friends (ex friends?) consider this and similar outlets to be the straight skinny, but the MRC is as close as you can get to an outlet of disinformation. Rats! I forgot about Alex Jones. OK, second closest. They put out more stuff than I can cover, so I have to pick and choose. Here’s my most recent favorite (from the email):
[May 27 at 8:28 AM]
The way the media is portraying the “riots” in Venezuela is awful. It’s quite frankly dangerous and irresponsible.
As you probably know, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in response to catastrophic food shortages. Homicide rates in Caracas are now higher than any other city in the world.
This once wealthy and prosperous nation has been completely decimated by socialism and the meddling of Castro’s Cuba.
But you wouldn’t know that based on the media coverage.
“Wouldn’t know that based on the media coverage?” Really? Then how did I find out about it?
Today CNN aired a report produced by one of their reporters who entered the country disguised as a tourist. In February the government banned CNN from the country after that network published a report about the issuing of passports to potential terrorists:
Conatel [Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission] accused the channel of attempting to “undermine the peace and the democratic stability” of Venezuela.
It did not specifically mention the passport story, but government officials had earlier in the day disputed it at a press conference.
The story was the product of a year-long investigation into allegations that Venezuelan passports and visas were being sold to people in Iraq, including some with terrorism links.
The report alleged that Venezuelan Vice-President Tareck El Aissami was directly linked to the granting of 173 passports, including to members of the Lebanese group Hezbollah, which is designated a terrorist group by the US and other Western powers.
That was drawn from a CNN news item I picked up on YouTube. Another liberal news outlet hiding the story from us is The New York Times:
CARACAS, Venezuela — In scenes across Venezuela, the security forces emerge as villains in dark uniforms. A young demonstrator approaches the military with outstretched arms, witnesses said, only to be shot dead moments later.
The cover-up is unrelenting. Even The Dallas Morning News:
CARACAS, Venezuela — A day that began with largely peaceful protests against Venezuela’s socialist government took a violent turn Monday as fierce clashes between state security and demonstrators killed at least two people.
Thousands hauled folding chairs, beach umbrellas and protest signs onto main roads for a 12-hour “sit-in against the dictatorship,” the latest in a month and a half of street demonstrations that have resulted in dozens of deaths.
Sadly, even The Washington Post:
Venezuelan security forces and the pro-government motorcycle gangs known as “colectivos” have met the unrest with escalating force, and in some cases, lethal gunfire, making matters worse. At least 55 people have been killed in the past seven weeks, including protesters, members of the security forces and bystanders caught in the fray. About 1,000 have been injured, according to the latest tally by authorities, and 346 businesses have been looted or burned.
“The danger is that a spiral of violence will overwhelm the capacity of either side to control it,” said Phil Gunson, a Caracas-based analyst for the International Crisis Group, adding the mayhem of the past several days appears to have “crossed another threshold.”
“The more people die, the more the anger grows and the more willing the government becomes to respond even more violently,” Gunson said.
There is no escaping it. The liberal media are suppressing the true story about Venezuela.
Or, which is more likely, the MRC knows its readership to the core and continues to push this false narrative and others in a stream without letup. This would not be possible if there were not readers eager for any and all that makes them comfortable with their prejudices.
The MRC saga will continue and so will this series. There is more fun heer than anybody has a right to enjoy. Call me unrepentant.