I really don’t envy the senior editors of the International / World News departments of major US newspapers right about now. The Olympics are over, the Ukrainian protests have concluded, and now the mass media is faced with the necessity of actually reporting on the current major crisis – the continuing (since February 12 – 2 weeks already(!!!)) mass protests in Venezuela.
Yes, there have been some mentions, few and far between, but nowhere near the amount of coverage afforded to the sports competition, and the obviously bought-and-paid-for staged coup in Ukraine. Now that the distractions of tight bodysuits and scary-looking sniper rifles are over, Venezuela should be the #1 news story.
And there, they face a few difficult questions…
1.) How do we report on a massive uprising against the government led by a man whose predecessor, Hugo Chavez, was warmly embraced – metaphorically as well as physically – by Barack Obama?
2.) How do we explain 15 years of economic destruction wrought by Socialist policies, without having to condemn, at least by implication, the very same Socialist policies that are negatively impacting the economy of the United States?
FYI: Here’s a photo of a banner at the Simon Bolivar International Airport, “welcoming” people to Venezuela:
…and here’s a transcript of an audio message from a young woman in Valencia, Venezuela, describing the situation. Pay special attention to the last several lines.
3.) How do we reconcile the massive violations of human rights – including a dozen deaths – with the following statement made by Barack Obama on March 5th, 2013?
“At this challenging time of President Hugo Chavez’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the Venezuelan people and its interest in developing a constructive relationship with the Venezuelan government. As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.“
4.) How do we explain the timeframe disconnect between the date the repressions began, and the start of US mass media coverage – TWO WEEKS after Bassil Da Costa was killed, and over 30 people arrested in Caracas?
5.) While we’re on the topic of timeframes, how do we explain the utter lack of any action on the part of US government, besides a single line uttered by John Kerry, not substantiated by any actual restrictions or sanctions, in these 2 weeks, as the country burns, diplomats and journalists are ejected from the country, people are wounded and killed, and patients are dying in hospitals due to the lack of even the basic medical supplies?
6.) How do we avoid giving Americans any ideas regarding “unprosecutable” protest tactics, such as the “guarimba”?
FYI: The “guarimba” is an unattended barricade established near a home or apartment building, so it can be monitored from a safe distance without exposing the resistance fighters to the wrath of government troops. Here’s a more in-depth explanation of guarimbas and associated tactics.
7.) How do we cover the importation of Cuban troops into Venezuela, including the infamous “Black Wasps” (“Avispas Negras”), without having to condemn what amounts to a sanctioned military invasion of a sovereign country in order to violate the rights of its citizens?
FYI: The importation of Cuban troops is being kept quiet by the government, but the citizens know – and openly mock it:
8.) How do we write about the government proclaiming its support for the rule of law, while not only condoning, but actively supporting, the armed motorcycle gangs – Los Tupamaros, Los Collectivos, and others – who are terrorizing the unarmed Venezuelan citizens?
9.) How do we mention that the reason the Venezuelans have to resort to barricade tactics and organizing defense groups, is due to the fact that they’re almost completely disarmed – and not sound like we’re actually supporting the 2nd Amendment which prevents the same situation from happening in the United States?
FYI: the violence committed by government-supported gangs is so widespread that Venezolanos actually come up with comprehensive plans to defend their homes against invasion. Here’s an example of such a plan, detailing the responsibilities of residents of various floors in a high-rise apartment building:
10.) How do we avoid calling attention to the similarity between Nicolas Maduro’s lack of experience and qualifications, and Barack Obama’s own blank record?
(FYI, Maduro’s only “qualification” for running the country is that he’s a former bus driver, while the leader of the opposition Leopoldo Lopez is a Harvard-educated economist & political scientist, with degrees from other universities as well, a professor and a former 2-term mayor, so he has experience in both teaching and managing a city. But, Maduro is running the country while Lopez is stuck in jail.)
No, I really don’t envy the US mass media right now.
But I do not have any sympathy for them, either. They’ve made their bed by following every whim of this administration, and supporting its Socialist policies, now they have to sleep in it.
Karma is a bitch.