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Failed 'Coup' a Fake Corporate News Story Designed to Trick Venezuelan Soldiers - and the Public

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By Dave Lindorff

After days of breathless reporting in the US media about public and military support for Venezuelan President Nicola's Maduro collapsing, and about an April 30 coup by presidential poseur Juan Guaidó, we now know the truth: The whole thing was a fraud, staged at the instigation of Washington in hopes that the Venezuelan people and rank-and-file troops would fall for the trick and there was an actual coup.

We also know, from an excellent May 2 report by Michael Fox in the Nationmagazine, that the US mainstream media and its reporters i promoting that dangerous fraud.

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Take CNN. In its reporting on the "uprising" announced by Guaidó on Tuesday, April 30, it ran a video from social media depicting Guaidó, accompanied by opposition leader Leopoldo López, along with some armed uniformed men. The video claimed they were all at the La Carlota military airfield in eastern Caracas, which Guaidó said had been "liberated." According to CNN, he was addressing "thousands of supporters" while urging the rest of the Venezuelan military to join the coup.

But as Michael Fox and other observers noted, CNN didn't show those "thousands" of supportersbecause there were none.

Guaidó and his "deserting" soldiers quickly left the scene as government troops headed their way. López later that day sought asylum for himself and family at the Chilean and eventually the Spanish embassy. Two dozen deserted soldiers sought asylum in the Brazilian embassy.

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There are two possibilities here: Either CNN's US-based editors were lied to by their Caracas reporters they knew their story of the takeover of a military airfield and of of thousands of protesters on the scene was a hoax.

CNN's standards of accuracy were further discredited by its May 5 claim that:

pressure is mounting on Maduro to step down, following elections in January in which voters chose opposition leader Juan Guaidó over him for president.

In fact, Guaidó was not even a candidate in the May 2018 (not January 2019) presidential elections; Maduro won that race with 68 percent of the vote. The New York Times hasn't done any better. On the day of the fake coup, the Times reported, in an unusual unbylined article headed "Venezuela Crisis: Guaidó Calls for Uprising as Clashes Erupt":

"Today, brave soldiers, brave patriots, brave men attached to the Constitution have followed our call," Mr. Guaidó said in a video posted on social media, speaking from Generalissimo Francisco de Miranda Air Base, a military airport in Caracas known as La Carlota.

The "newspaper of record" either made no effort to check its reporters' "facts," or went along deliberately with the charade that Washington's hand-picked "legitimate president" Guaidó was actually speaking from a "liberated" military airfield, when he was really only standing on a highway overpass outside the airfield"

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For the rest of this story by DAVE LINDORFF, which is the lead item at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, please go to: https://thiscantbehappening.net/failed-coup-actually-a-corporate-fake-news-story-designed-to-trick-venezuelan-soldiers-and-the-public/

 

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The only story about this entire fiasco is the crimes against humanity that are being committed toward the innocent citizens of Venezuela where over 40,000 have died since 2017 as a result of US sanctions on that sovereign nation which has all but stopped medical supplies from entering the country. A recent report from the US State Department actually cited this as an "achievement".

To make things even worse everything the US media is telling the people is a lie. Guaido, the chosen puppet of the US, never ran for any election and 80% of the Venezuelan citizens had never heard of him. He is NOT the "elected president" of Venezuela, he is, in reality, a criminal who should be tried for treason.

The story goes on telling us how Maduro is a thug who has mismanaged the country, but when looking closer at the situation Venezuela's poverty levels have been improving since the 1990s, the literacy rates have been improving, people have moved out of cardboard shacks and into government-built apartment complexes, and except for the US sanctions and the lowering price of oil, would be much better off than it is.

If only the Presstitute Media Propagandists (PMP) would for once tell the people this crime against the innocent people of Venezuela is take over the natural resources of that nation by corporations so the profits can go back to top executives and the citizens of Venezuela can go back to living in cardboard shacks.

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Absolutely correct Dennis.


The US attack on Venezuela and its popularly elected government began with the election of Hugo Chavez and has been unremittant since then. It's a replay of the Cuban revolution and the US response to that which to this day has involved coup attempts, an invasion, and an unrelenting economic warfare.


The media played along with the fantasy perpetrated by the US that Cuba posed some kind of threat to the US and is doing the same thing now regarding Venezuela. And Americans are so ignorant for the most part about global realities (many I'm sure don't have a clue where Venezuela is), that they buy into this nonsense.


When you see, in this article, how obscenely dishonest two of the biggest news organizations in the country, CNN and the NY Times, are being in their mis-coverage of the Venezuelan crisis and the latest fake coup attempt, it's clear how deeply we have fallen into the clutches of the propaganda machine.


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You'd think by now there would be millions on America's streets, demanding all sorts of things, making the Yellow Vest movement look like the Santa Claus Parade.

Yeah, I know...

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When you consider the level of violence in the so-called Yellow Vest movement, that is a horrify thought.

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