They're at it again " as in 2002 and 2003 " anti-Chavez and anti-Venezuela, hate-propaganda is being propagated by mainstream corporate media outlets in the USA and by US-based "think-tanks" and "analysts" and "experts."
There have been hundreds of articles in the last few weeks attacking Chavez in any fashion possible - but some of the articles, even if they are opinion articles, sound more like hate articles.
I have chosen one recent Miami Herald opinion article (below) as an example of not only how corporate media in the USA (and Canada and much of Europe) are very willing to promote hate against someone whom their readers know little or nothing about while at the same time recounting complete lies about a country that most of their readers have never visited or can't even pinpoint on a map.
Before I go on to dissect the Miami Herald article - I have a close friend who is a member of Mensa, who has seven degrees in economics and finance and who makes $400 per hour - and he said to me recently, "Did you hear that! Chavez named himself President for life!" I almost fell off my chair and said, "What? Where did you hear that?" He replied, "While you were in Venezuela, it was all over the news here (Canada)."
Hummm. So, I decided to research this on the web and found the following related quotes in the North American media: "Last year he won a referendum to abolish term limits for President -- so now he is President for life."
"Didn't Saddam Hussein practice prorogation? Robert Mugabe? Papa Doc? Hitler? Idi Amin? Pinochet? Hugo Chavez? Has Stephen Harper joined this infamous Pro-Rogues Gallery? Will there soon be a proclamation from Ottawa that our Glorious Leader, The Artful Dodger, has become, by the proclamation of a grateful people, Our Benevolent President for Life?"
"In 1957, Dr. FranÃ§ois Duvalier, a physician better known as Papa Doc, was elected President of Haiti, where he established a government based on terror promoted by the tontons macoutes, members of his personal bodyguard. In 1964, in Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez' best style, he made himself President for life."
I did not find anything more on the subject on the internet, however, there may have been articles in the printed press in Canada insinuating that Chavez appointed himself President for life - which is, of course, completely false. Chavez never appointed himself President for life, nor did he ever say it. What he did say was something to this effect, "If the people want me to stay [referring to elections], I will be here till 2021." In Venezuela, as in Canada, the current President (or prime minister) can run for consecutive re-elections as many times as he/she desires.
So how does a highly intelligent and highly educated Mensa member get conned into believing that Chavez declared himself President for life?
He, who has never been to Venezuela, reads and believes (without much questioning) whatever material is published by well-established, supposedly professional (and supposedly honest) organizations such as The Wall Street Journal, The Miami Herald, the US State Department, global economics and trade organizations, university research and global think-tanks comprised of "well-respected" experts like himself.
Like many, he gets conned by phrases such as: ""in Fidel Castro or Hugo Chavez' best style, he made himself President for life."
He does not notice that some of the articles he reads are in fact opinion articles and not news articles.