BBC is UK owned, operated, and controlled. It lacks credibility. It's manipulative and unreliable. It proliferates state propaganda. It notoriously misreports on Venezuela.
On January 2, it headlined "Venezuela opposition demands 'truth' on Chavez health," saying:
"(T)ell the whole truth," demanded opposition leader Aveledo. He "accused the government of acting irresponsibly."
BBC accused Maduro of "giv(ing) very little further detail about the condition of Mr. Chavez."
On January 4, it headlined "Hugo Chavez fights for life as supporters pray in Venezuela."
Bolivian President Evo Morales was quoted saying "The situation for our brother Hugo Chavez is very worrying." Saying it doesn't mean he's dying. Official reliable medical reports will have final say.
Western media reports are manipulative, speculative, and distorted. They reflect political pornography. Uncorroborated claims have no basis in fact. Media scoundrels feature them. Truth and full disclosure are suppressed.
On January 3, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said "We don't have any way to evaluate what's being said, but we have seen concern within Venezuela that the government's not being transparent."
Throughout Chavez's tenure, he's been Washington's main regional bete noire. Donald Rumsfeld once compared him with Hitler. Multiple attempts to depose him failed. Chavez said Washington wants him dead.
Funding opposition forces went on for years. They continue. So do covert destabilizing efforts. Plots occasionally surface.
CIA/National Endowment for Democracy (NED)/International Republican Institute (IRI)/USAID/National Democratic Institute, and other subversive US groups are involved.
So is the AFL/CIO. It's record is longstanding and disturbing. It's an instrument of US domestic and foreign policy. It represents imperial and capital interests. It spurns its own rank and file. It's done it for decades.
These and other anti-democratic groups charged with destroying it where it emerges. Venezuela is regional enemy number one.
Venezuela Analysis (VA) quoted opposition Caracas Metropolitan District Mayor Antonio Ledezma. He demands a commission be sent to Cuba. He wants "professionally reliable and morally recognized doctors" included. He wants them to "verify (Chavez's) state of health."