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News :: Media
Channel 4 airs Washington fed propaganda against Chavez: call for action
01 Apr 2006
On March 27, Channel 4 aired a propaganda report on Venezuela aimed at softening up the scene for a future US attack. Action is recommended, before all major corporate media follow the lead.
On March 27, Channel 4 aired a report on Venezuela by Jonhatan Rugman , in which Chavez is depicted as a soon to be dictator and the next Saddam.
The piece has been described by John Pilger as "one of the worst, most distorted pieces of journalism I have ever seen, qualifying as crude propaganda... utter bullshit... a disgrace from beginning to end". Pilger states that the propaganda piece is aimed at softening up the scene for a future US attack and ends his brief analysis stating that "if and when it comes (an attack on Venezuela), the Rugmans will share some of the responsibility".

The report
http://www.channel4.com/news/special-reports/special-reports-storypage.j
Rugman's clean face
http://www.channel4.com/news/about_us/meet-the-team/jonathan-rugman.html
Pilger's email to the editors
http://members5.boardhost.com/medialens/msg/1143535157.html

The timing is just right: Condoleeza Rice has just called for an international alliance to isolate Venezuela, while public opinion in GB is driving away from Blair's neocolonialist agenda and there are growing calls for active solidarity with Venezuelas' political process.
The aim behind the strategy is simple, Goebels gave the lead: repeat a thousand times a lie it will become true as crystal before public opinion.
So far, it's been hard on them to get to the place, but if progressives don't act now, sooner or later all corporate media will follow the lead. By then, it will be too late to stop some more fireworks on your screen - and on innocent people's rooftops.
Action is recommended to condemn the trend behind this despicable propaganda media show and demand apology and reddress.

The "journalist"
jonathan.rugman (at) itn.co.uk

The "independent" team
justin (at) jwproductions.tv
justin (at) justinwebster.net

Channel 4
news (at) channel4.co.uk
jon.snow (at) itn.co.uk
deborah.Rayner (at) itn.co.uk
viewer_liaisonC4 (at) itn.co.uk

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Re: Chavez = Capitalist Populist
01 Apr 2006
Chávez’s principal concern upon coming to power was to “solve the problem” of the country’s faltering oil profits, the lifeblood of the Venezuelan bourgeoisie.

He moved immediately to discipline the oil workers union and to otherwise increase the efficiency of the state-owned oil industry, while pressing the OPEC oil cartel to jack up prices. It was for such efforts, and to enforce political stability, that Chávez was initially supported by much of the ruling class. This included not least his former comrades in the military high command, who were instrumental in restoring him to power after the 2002 coup.

As oil prices climbed, Chávez did siphon off some of the enormous profits to finance a series of social measures: tripling the budget for education, setting up free health clinics and free food distribution programs for the poor, etc. But the aim of such measures is not to effect, but rather to deflect, a social revolution—by binding the dispossessed masses more firmly to the Venezuelan state.

However much the lily-white Venezuelan oligarchy may detest this upstart junior officer who boasts of his zambo (mixed African and indigenous) heritage, Chávez serves the class interests of the Caracas bourgeoisie—and, through that class, world imperialism.

While speaking of “restlessness in the boardrooms” over the regime’s populist policies, a New York Times (3 November) article headlined “Chávez Restyles Venezuela With ‘21st-Century Socialism’” reported soberly: “So far, no noticeable exodus of foreign companies operating in Venezuela has occurred. Banks and oil companies are making record profits thanks to oil prices that have left the country, the world’s fifth-largest exporter, awash in petrodollars.”

And so long as capitalist private property prevails, the masses will remain subject to exploitation and oppression, and economic development will be subordinated to the dictates of the world capitalist market, particularly the imperialist oil monopolies.

There can be no permanent amelioration of the plight of the urban and rural poor without the smashing of the capitalist state and the overthrow of the capitalist social order, leading through a series of proletarian revolutions internationally to a global classless order in which all forms of exploitation and oppression have been eliminated.

History will reserve a harsh verdict for those “leftists” who promote one or another left-talking capitalist caudillo. The way forward for the downtrodden throughout the Americas does not lie through painting nationalist strongmen as revolutionaries and populist forays as revolutions.