News and views are filtered. One-sided ones are prioritized. Government and corporate ones matter most. Truth is largely suppressed. Dissent is marginalized.
Consent is manufactured short of full and accurate disclosure. Readers aren't told what they most need to know.
On January 3, The Times headlined "The Future of Venezuela," saying:
Chavez's health raises questions. His January 10 inauguration approaches. He'll not likely be well enough to attend. Postponement can delay swearing in for later.
Key is whether he's well enough to serve or for how long. If "he steps down or dies, what will become of Venezuela," asked The Times? "Will Chavismo survive?"
"What sorts of social, economic and political issues must the next president confront? Would the nation's contentious relationship with the United States improve?"
Chavez is struggling to recover from his fourth cancer surgery in 18 months. Earlier post-operative problems were resolved.
New reports say severe respiratory infection ones arose. Venezuelan Information Minister Ernesto Villegas said he "faced complications as a result of a severe lung infection."