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Chavez Changes Channels May 28, 2007

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VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT PULLS PLUG ON OPPOSITION TV STATION

FITSNews – May 28, 2007 – When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sees something he doesn’t like on television, he doesn’t just reach for the remote control, he shuts down the entire TV station and replaces it with one sympathetic to his socialist ideology. Talk about doing some hard core channel surfing, not to mention obliterating one of the few remaining democratic components of Chavez’s so-called “democratic socialism.” To wit:

“This has exposed the abusive, arbitrary and autocratic nature of Chavez’s government, a government that fears free thought, that fears opinion and fears criticism,” said Marcel Granier, chief of RCTV, the country’s oldest broadcaster.

Preach on, Marcel. You know, it’s stuff like this that reminds us how glad we are to live in America, especially on Memorial Day. That’s because there’s pride in knowing that a lot of brave women and men have fought and died to make sure that you – not the government – get to hang onto the remote control. Now if we can just get Sic Willie to stop watching baseball all the damn time …

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1. Rob W. - May 28, 2007

Not to defend the bad Socialist man, but the TV station being “shut off” is actually just being denied an extension of their broadcast license because they supported (and supposedly fudged details about) the 2002 coup against the government. Hard to say you lived up to the terms of your license agreement if you had a hand in inciting a military coup. There’s a rather large discussion of this here:

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/05/28/venezuelan_media_cra.html

2. Earl - May 29, 2007

In a state where The State is tolerated, one should know media does have a bias, and that, like it or not, media outlets have a right to express those opinions. Even when it might be opinion and falsehoods being presented as objective truth.

Oh, I’m sorry, did I say news media was biased, had an agenda, and might spin the facts for their own ends? Silly me!

In any event, looks like Chavez is moving to shut down another station now. I’m sure they’ll be accused of lying or inciting something as well.

3. Reina V...Encojonaaaa - October 31, 2007

You know, I completely agree with you, ROB W, and you are the only one right on here…the TV station was only denied renuing their license becuase they were openly encouraging the coup against Hugo Chavez rule..which any of us can see President Bush doing on the same level if he could get away with it. I think it’s so backwards, people calling Chavez a guerilla, terrorist when he is only a true revolutionary, and promoting the change and improvement of his own country. He also allows himself power to decide what is best for his people so as well as protecting his country he must promote and keep in place a mentality of change. If the Catholics in Venezuela, would wake up and think for themselves, instead of promoting a “democratic” system, and snuggling up with the U.S., they may see a system that has already worked better in many countries than Democracy has, even. I think in every way and with the upmost of love, Chavez wants to see his people self determined, not opressed and also abundant and rich in resources..that before his time, were all traded out to America for very little money. Chavez promoting his people to stand with arms against U.S. influence is no different than our separation from England, in our occupation of the Americas..we decided what Government was right for us, took up arms, killed us some Brits and won our right to the type of Government we thought was best for us, the foundation of this country…is revolution. No different. Viva la revolucion!

4. Reina V - October 31, 2007

You know, I completely agree with you, ROB W, and you are the only one right on here…the TV station was only denied renuing their license becuase they were openly encouraging the coup against Hugo Chavez rule..which any of us can see President Bush doing on the same level if he could get away with it. I think it’s so backwards, people calling Chavez a guerilla, terrorist when he is only a true revolutionary, and promoting the change and improvement of his own country. He also allows himself power to decide what is best for his people so as well as protecting his country he must promote and keep in place a mentality of change. If the Catholics in Venezuela, would wake up and think for themselves, instead of promoting a “democratic” system, and snuggling up with the U.S., they may see a system that has already worked better in many countries than Democracy has, even. I think in every way and with the upmost of love, Chavez wants to see his people self determined, not opressed and also abundant and rich in resources..that before his time, were all traded out to America for very little money. Chavez promoting his people to stand with arms against U.S. influence is no different than our separation from England, in our occupation of the Americas..we decided what Government was right for us, took up arms, killed us some Brits and won our right to the type of Government we thought was best for us, the foundation of this country…is revolution. No different. Viva la revolucion!


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