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THE MISSING STORY:

Hugo Chavez Is Crazy!

By Greg Palast

100,000 Venezuelans marched against Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez—but there was also a larger march, with easily over 200,000 Venezuelans marching in support of their president, Chavez. Yet there was no mention of the latter in the US media.
Last June, on Page One of the San Francisco Chronicle, an Associated Press photo of a mass of demonstrators carried the following caption:
“TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VENEZUELANS OPPOSED TO PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ...” ;
The caption let us know this South American potentate was a killer, an autocrat, and the people of his nation wanted him out. The caption continued: “[Venezuelans] marched Saturday to demand his resignation and punishment for those responsible for 17 deaths during a coup in April. ‘Chavez leave now!’ read a huge banner.”

There was no actual story in the Chronicle—South America simply isn’t worth wasting words on—just the photo and caption. But the Chronicle knew no story was needed. Venezuelans hated their terrible president, and all you needed was this photo to prove it.

And I could confirm the large protests. I’d recently returned from Caracas and watched 100,000 march against President Chavez. I’d filmed them for BBC Television London.

But I also filmed this: a larger march, easily over 200,000 Venezuelans marching in support of their president, Chavez.

That picture, of the larger pro-Chavez march, did not appear in a single US newspaper. The pro-Chavez marchers weren’t worth a mention.

By the next month, when the New York Times printed a photo of anti-Chavez marchers, they had metastasized. The Times reported that 600,000 had protested against Chavez.

Once again, the larger pro-Chavez demonstrations were, as they say in Latin America, “disappeared.” I guess they didn’t fit the print.


To view the rest of this article, please check out alternet.org, a project of the Independent Media Institute, a sites dedicated to strengthening and supporting independent and alternative journalism. The website includes 7,000 stories from over 200 sources.

For more about what’s really going on in Venezuela, visit gregpalast.com for Greg Palast’s reports, including his interview with President Hugo Chavez. Palast, an investigative reporter for BBC television, is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy (Penguin/Plume 2003).

This article is based on a contribution to the compendium Abuse Your Illusions, released in June by Disinformation Press. Oliver Shykles, Fredda Weinberg, Ina Howard, and Phil Tanfield contributed research for this report.


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This story was published on July 12, 2003.
  
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