Venezuela: Propaganda Networks

This news story about Venezuela and propaganda — covered in some depth on this page on this website — doesn’t nearly get the coverage it deserves. Here is John Stossel:

Why does American journalist Abby Martin report for media run by socialist murderers?

Martin once worked for RT, Russia’s state-run news network.

Now she’s got a similar gig at teleSUR, an anti-capitalist, pro-socialist news network funded by Latin American leftists.

I’d never heard of teleSUR before researching this week’s YouTube video. But teleSUR matters because its videos get millions of views. Latin America stays poor because people believe socialist propaganda.

One teleSUR video lists countries where “capitalism failed”: Canada, Mexico, England, Peru, Panama, Switzerland, the United States…

Another says that “Trump is killing our brains with Nazi-era chemicals.”

Few viewers know that teleSUR is funded by the tyrants who control Cuba and Venezuela.

Venezuela, once rich, has been bankrupted by its socialist rulers. More than a million Venezuelans have fled to neighboring Colombia and Brazil.

Those who don’t flee go hungry. One study found Venezuelans have lost, on average, more than 20 pounds. Hundreds of children have died of starvation. But when other countries and philanthropists offer help, Venezuela’s rulers refuse it.

Instead, they spend their dwindling funds on teleSUR propaganda videos.

One shows a picture of Warren Buffet’s son while telling viewers, “Philanthropy is a scam that allows the super rich to influence global affairs … as if capitalism were the solution, not the cause of world problems.”

Excuse me? Capitalism is a solution. In the last few decades, capitalism has lifted billions of people out of miserable poverty.

By contrast, in Venezuela, many store shelves are empty.

How can teleSUR put a positive spin on that? They hire “useful idiots,” as Communists once called naive leftists who inadvertently spread tyrants’ propaganda. Today, one person they pay is former Californian Abby Martin.

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