Observe closely how this avatar of “progressive” reporting, this liberal champion, sticks the poison needle in Chavez’ image. The whole clip is loaded with innuendoes, and then Maddow brings on that ectoplasm of liberal integrity, Gene Robinson, whose official ties with the Washington Post alone should suffice to disqualify him, to deal the coup de grace. “Gene knew Chavez personally,” intones Maddow, as if that conferred legitimacy on his testimony. Picking his words ultra-carefully, like a high-wire artist without a net, Robinson declared ponderously that, yes, Chavez had done many things for the poor, BUT, his regime was not a democracy (sic), had attacked freedom of the press, bla bla bla. The usual garbage invented by the Western media to deface the credibility of socialist leaders.
This was hardly surprising. No high-ranking —or low-ranking—reporter for the WaPo can say anything true or fair about any revolutionary—ever. It’s follow that tacit line or lose your job and say good=bye to your career. Par for the course throughout all US major media anyhow, and that includes Maddow herself, naturally. Such people are smart enough to know what they are doing and still do it. Utterly revolting. —Patrice Greanville