- The reality of Venezuela complex, and if some of the complexity of the issues and struggles of a nation undergoing rapid social change had made it into the corporate media in this country, then there would be no need to spend so much energy giving the "other side" of the story, as I do here. But that's not how the corporate media works, so an issue like this is necessary.
- Special Report | Hugo Chavez
Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes
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March 19, 2013 | This issue (#527) of Nygaard Notes is entirely about Venezuela. It presents many positive facts about the changes initiated during the 14-year presidency of Hugo Chávez, who died on March 5th. I'm sure some people will think that I am painting too rosy a picture of the situation and, in a sense, I think I am. That's because this issue is the "other side" of the picture of Chávez's Venezuela that's been painted in the U.S. media, which has been a simple story of a totalitarian dungeon with a dictator in charge. As TIME Magazine put it, "It's tempting to remember [Chávez] as an erratic, messianic retro-revolutionary whose country's petro-wealth let him indulge his Marxist nostalgia."
My argument in this issue is that such a simplistic rendering of Hugo Chávez is not just "tempting" but, in the U.S. Propaganda system, essentially mandatory.
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Special Report | Hugo Chavez: Week of March 17, 2013, David Culver, Evergreene Digest
The simple fact remains: Chavez, who died of cancer at the age of 58, was the only president of Venezuela in modern memory who did anything for the poor people of that country who make up the vast majority of its nearly 30 million citizens.