Disgraceful NYT War on Venezuelan Democracy

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Disgraceful NYT War on Venezuelan Democracy

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

The Times waged war on Venezuela since Hugo Chavez’s December 1998 election – outrageously calling him a “populist demagogue, an authoritarian, (a) caudillo (strongman).”

Throughout the Bolivarian Republic’s existence, it denigrated its model social democracy, wanting fascist tyranny replacing it, the way America is run – exploiting most people so privileged ones can benefit.

In response to the April 2002 coup attempt, The Times said “Venezuelan democracy is no longer threatened by a would-be dictator.”

“Mr. Chavez, a ruinous demagogue, stepped down after the military intervened and handed power to a respected business leader, Pedro Carmona” – ignoring a US-orchestrated coup attempt against the hemisphere’s model social democracy, a failed one as things turned out.

People power intervened effectively. Most important, so did Venezuela’s military, reinstating Chavez in 48 hours. He remained Venezuela’s overwhelmingly popular president until the Obama administration killed him – infected with cancer-causing substances too toxic to cure, despite state-of-the-art medical treatment in Cuba trying.

Four major surgeries in 18 months didn’t help. Washington wanted their leading hemispheric nemesis dead. Though gone, Chavismo lives.

President Maduro struggles against US political and economic war, wanting Bolivarian social democracy preserved for all Venezuelans.

Last Sunday, voters elected 545 Constituent Assembly members – tasked with revising or rewriting the nation’s constitution.

The aim is restoring order after months of street violence – a US-orchestrated plot to replace Venezuelan democracy with fascist tyranny, complicit with internal dark forces.

The Times disgracefully said Sunday’s vote “set Venezuela on the path to outright dictatorship” – a despicable Big Lie by a broadsheet supporting tinpot despots worldwide, as long as they’re US allies.

The country “had the chance to be one of South America’s leading democracies,” it shamefully said.

Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia are the only South American democracies, the others run by fascists and monied interests beholden to Washington.

The Times: “Today Venezuela is a basket case…corrupt politicians and their military allies shamelessly enrich(ing) themselves.”

“Mr. Maduro’s response has been to assail spreading street protests with an iron fist and to erode the power of the National Assembly, in which his opponents have a majority.”

Fact: Washington bears full responsibility for making Venezuela’s economy scream, along with orchestrating and supporting street violence – a CIA coup attempt to destroy its democratic governance.

Fact: Langley wants restoration of order and stability prevented, aiming to forcefully oust Maduro from office. That’s what US economic war and street violence is all about.

Constituent Assembly elections had nothing to do with “power-grabbing,” as The Times falsely claimed. It downplayed the impressive turnout, supporting the initiative.

The Times backs wealth, power and privilege at the expense of governance serving everyone equitably.

It substitutes disinformation, Big Lies and fake news for “fit to print” journalism.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.