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Tyrant TV By: Humberto Fontova
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has always craved the type of news coverage from the Venezuelan media U.S. presidents such as JFK and Jimmy Carter got from the U.S. media – to say nothing of the type presidential candidate Barack Obama currently gets.

Alas, a few Venezuelan reporters persisted in covering Chavez in a manner more similar to that of the U.S. media's coverage of Republican presidents such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

To counter such wiseacres, Chavez's new constitution gives him means much more effective than his feeble "enemies list" gave Richard Nixon. "Here (at Radio Caracas Television) they practice yellow journalism, treacherous journalism that goes against the people's rights!" raved Chavez henchman Alberto Arias last year against the Venezuelan station most prone to buck the regime's talking points.

And that was that. In July 2007, Venezuela's top TV station (RCTV) promptly lost its government-issued license and was "nationalized" by the Chavez regime, which staffed it with commentators less prone to "treacherous journalism!"

Thanks to YouTube, we have stark proof of the educational qualifications of these replacements. On the one hand, the Chavez-appointed newscaster was very, very respectful of the Yankee swimmer/phenomenon Michael Phelps: "Never has a living mortal, never has a mere human being won so many Olympic medals!"

On the other hand, this uncharacteristic praise by a Chavista for a proud American athlete seems to have gone slightly overboard. "Only Michael Phelps, when competing in the 1972 Munich Olympics, over there in Hitler's Germany, won as many medals," continues the Chavista newscaster. But wouldn't you know it: "Adolf Hitler, who presided over these 1972 Olympics (in a chauvinistic snit fit, it appears), refused to personally award the medals to Michael Phelps."

Any doubters of the above, please check the film.

For years, Fidel Castro has been paying for his Venezuelan oil (approximately 100,000 barrels a day, at last count) by sending Cuban "doctors" and "Literacy Brigades" to Venezuela. So in October 2005, Chavez declared Venezuela an "Illiteracy Free Zone," and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) concurred with a high-five.

"We visited the classrooms and centers used in the literacy campaign in Venezuela," gushed UNESCO special envoy María Luisa Jáuregui last year. "Venezuela is the first and only country to meet the commitments adopted by the region's governments in 2002 in Havana to drastically reduce illiteracy."

Literacy, as anyone with experience under Communist regimes will attest, differs tremendously from education. A Communist regime's "Literacy Campaign" simply paves the way for indoctrination, known back in the politically incorrect 1950s as "brainwashing." That hapless newscaster provides perfect proof.

Humberto Fontova is the author of Exposing the Real Che Guevara and the Useful Idiots Who Idolize Him. Visit www.hfontova.com

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