Pre-election, the London Guardian headlined "Hugo Chavez: a strongman's last stand," saying:
"No one ever accused Hugo ChÃ¡vez of thinking small. He casts politics as an existential contest between good and evil, the oppressed and the oppressor."
The election will decide "the comandante('s)" fate "and his revolution. (It) hangs by a thread".ChÃ¡vez surrounded himself mostly with mediocrities, valuing loyalty over competence."
"His legacy will be debated for decades".Many outsiders made up their minds long ago. There was ChÃ¡vez the dictator who jailed opponents, sponsored terrorists and left his people hungry."
"Chavez".is a hybrid: a democrat and autocrat, a progressive and a bully." The Guardian also called him "a caudillo (strongman)" running a "dysfunction(al)" economy.
It's hard imagining any broadsheet letting this trash end up in print. Inconvenient truths are ignored. Admitting them would discredit everything else said.
Shameless editorials and op-eds hounded Chavez for years. In its November/December 2005 Extra edition, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) headlined "The Op-Ed Assassination of Hugo Chavez," saying:
Pat Robertson literally wanted him killed. Even so-called "moderate" columnists beat up on him mercilessly. The usual characterizations call him a strongman, autocrat, dictator, another Hitler.
"In studying the opinion pages of the top 25 circulation newspapers in the United States during the first six months of 2005, Extra! found that 95 percent of the nearly 100 press commentaries that examined Venezuelan politics expressed clear hostility to the country's democratically elected president."
It was no different earlier and perhaps worse today. The longer Chavez survives and gets majority Venezuelan support, the more media scoundrels beat up on him.
It's nearly impossible finding major media commentaries portraying him accurately. Doing so would be out of character. Contributors would be out of work. Party line opinion only is tolerated. Truth and full disclosure are prohibited. It's the American way.
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