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Not if you have been a target of the coporate media for your entire political career...In announcing his passing, the power elite lapdogs just couldn't resist one parting shot at Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.....more after the fold....

In reporting his passing from cancer, our corporate media dusted off all the old adjectives they used to brainwash the American public into believing what a horrible despot this man was....

"In reporting his death, little had changed, "Venezuela bully chavez is dead" read the N.Y. Posts' front page.  "Death of a demagogue" read the Time's home page.       CNN host Anderson Cooper declared, " It was the death of a world leader who made America see Red as in Fidel Castro Red."   "The words Venezuelan strong man so often preceded his name and for good reason." declared  NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams.
On ABC World News viewers were told, "Many Americans viewed him as a dictator."  that would be especially true if those Americans consumed corporate media"
The quote is from a very good article from Fair Media http://fair.org/...

I especially like the description "Strongman"  and dictator  Never mind the fact he was elected by a strong majority in elections that Jimmy Carter declared the cleanest he had ever seen.   I guess he was so strong, he didn't need to supress the vote like the Republicans in this country..

What did Chavez do to evoke such vitriol from our coporate gate keepers?  Well he did the one cardinal sin.....he didn't play ball with our coporations...He actually decided to use oil profits to (gasp)  help his people!    

Now I know Chavez was no saint...(very few politicans are)  but I do know that under his leadership, poverty was cut in half, the literacy rate went sky high, poor common people actually had access to free public education  and health care..I guess that's why they kept re-eelcting him....but this kind of preference of people over coporations is simply unacceptable by this country's elite and by extension their controlled media...I mean someone might start to get these ideas in this country!

So even in death, the coporate media must continue to defame his legacy.and hound him even in the grave....this kind of progressive thinking has to be stamped out at all cost....

I was sad about his passing...At least he tired to help the common people of his country, which is more than you can say about any administration here in recent memory.........

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  •  totally correct (17+ / 0-)

    his cardinal sin was not letting US oil corporations rape the Orinoco delta as they had been doing for years.  He actually had the nerve to let the natural resources of the country benefit the citizens of that country.
    Sure, he had a big mouth, but he was never a threat to the US in any way, except that he offered to sell heating oil at a discounted rate during the W years.

  •  Read one story he was worth 2 billion. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    by thestructureguy on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 04:09:15 PM PST

  •  the venezuelan people deserve (11+ / 0-)

    the tribute to the man they loved because he remembered and did for them

    but the "free" world ignores/deplores any good such a revolutionary does

    the longer i live, the more i think the diarist's sig line is very good philosophy

  •  Ah, you know. (5+ / 0-)
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    It's probably a sign that he did some good that he's reviled by the corporate media.

    I'd view it as a fitting tribute if I was him.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:47:38 PM PST

  •  This is a good point, and I'm happy to rec (2+ / 0-)
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    the diary. As much as I am opposed to Chavism, there's been a lot of BS reporting, particularly on US television news.

    “liberals are the people who think that cruelty is the worst thing that we do” --Richard Rorty Also, I moved from NYC, so my username is inaccurate.

    by jeff in nyc on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 05:49:49 PM PST

  •  A better remembrance (9+ / 0-)

    Preparing for a Post-Chávez Venezuela

    The old Venezuela is no more. The Venezuelan ancien regime was one of self-professed harmony, and it cultivated this myth to the very end. For political scientists, this translated as “Venezuelan exceptionalism”: in a sea of unrest and dictatorship, it alone remained relatively stable and “democratic.” But this was a harmony premised on the invisibility of the majority, and a stability crafted through the incorporation and neutralization of any and all oppositional movements. Those who refused to concede were murdered or imprisoned in the gulags of this “exceptional” democracy.

    When Hugo Chávez first attempted to overthrow the Venezuelan government of Carlos Andrés Pérez in 1992, he was attacking a democracy in name only. Decades of two-party rule had created a system that was utterly unresponsive to the needs of the vast majority, and as economic crisis set in during the “lost decade” of the 1980s, the poor turned to rebellion and the government to brute repression. In only the most spectacular of many moments of resistance, the week-long 1989 rebellion known as the Caracazo, somewhere between 300 and 3,000 were slaughtered as Pérez ordered the military to “restore order” in the poor barrios that surround Caracas and other Venezuelan cities.

    ***

    Under Chávez’s watch, Venezuela has become more equal, the most egalitarian country in Latin America in fact, according to the Gini coefficient if income distribution. Poverty has been reduced significantly, and extreme poverty almost stamped out. Illiteracy has been eliminated and education is freely accessible, through the university level, to even the poorest Venezuelans. Health care is free and universal. Despite catastrophic language by the Venezuelan opposition and foreign press, the economy is strong, and has weathered the global economic crisis better than most (notably, the United States).

    More important than this improvement in the social welfare of the Venezuelan majority, however, are the political transformations that the Venezuelan state and people have undergone, transformations that remain far from complete. This was not a merely populist government that sought to buy votes through handouts, but a radically democratic government that sought, often despite its own autocratic tendencies, to empower the people to intervene from below as the true “protagonists” of history. Through communal councils, cooperatives, communes, and popular militias, the Venezuelan government has radically empowered the radical grassroots, albeit not without resistance from its own bureaucrats.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 06:02:32 PM PST

    •  Very good point! (1+ / 0-)
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      I would like to see the income distribution chart comparing the U.S. to Venezuela....

      " We're all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can."................Will Rogers

      by tvdude on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 07:56:31 PM PST

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    •  One of the repeated slams against Chavez (2+ / 0-)
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      is that the failed coup attempt he led during this period

      In only the most spectacular of many moments of resistance, the week-long 1989 rebellion known as the Caracazo, somewhere between 300 and 3,000 were slaughtered as Pérez ordered the military to “restore order” in the poor barrios that surround Caracas and other Venezuelan cities.
      proves he was really just a petty strongman.

      As opposed to, you know, a guy who wasn't down with murdering unarmed civilians just because his President ordered it.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:34:17 PM PST

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  •  According to Joe Kennedy, Hugo Chavez and Citgo (7+ / 0-)

    was the only oil company that stepped up to help his program providing oil contributions for poor people to heat their homes in the winter.  Not that anyone would know by reading a newspaper.

    And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

    by MrJersey on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 07:26:45 PM PST

  •  He'll be another destinatuion on an (0+ / 0-)

    around-the-world tour for those of a certain political persuasion. Nuance (and climate change) may dictating varying the itinerary.

    Hugo Chavez’s body will be preserved and forever displayed inside a glass tomb at a military museum not far from the presidential palace from which he ruled for 14 years, his successor announced Thursday in a Caribbean version of the treatment given Communist revolutionary leaders like Lenin, Mao and Ho Chi Minh.
  •  I think it is telling (4+ / 0-)
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    There are many press articles that actually think he wasted oil money on giving health care and education to the poor.

    My favorite is the picture of Arab leaders kissing hands of the elite  in Saudi and Qatar whilst Chavez kissed the hands of his people.

    Too bad the 'left' in America is too busy kissing ass to various groups to understand the basic concept of a leader that at least tries to help is people vs. a leader that says nifty things whilst making back-door deals with multi-billion dollar pharm companies.

  •  Strong man (0+ / 0-)

    So do you think he was a strong man, a demagogue and a bully?  He had domestic policies that were pro-poor, but that doesn't mean he wasn't any of the above.

    Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

    by Sky Net on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 09:51:15 PM PST

  •  one article said crime & gun (1+ / 0-)
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    violence 'surged'

     payback for helping 'the little people' i (was lead to) guess

    Who is mighty ? One who turns an enemy into a friend !

    by OMwordTHRUdaFOG on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:13:11 PM PST

    •  It did. When cocaine gets routed through your (2+ / 0-)
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      country instead of Panama by Colombian cartels, it can deeply destabilize your nation.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 10:36:24 PM PST

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