NYT Disinformation on Venezuela’s Presidential Election

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

It’s scheduled for April 22, Maduro favored to be reelected for another six-year term.

It’s likely despite enormous hardships faced by Venezuelans because of US economic and political war on the country, aiming to replace Bolivarian social democracy with fascist tyranny.

The NYT lied saying “most top challengers have been barred from running,” adding:

“It is unclear whether opposition parties will participate in the election.” Washington and its right-wing regional allies disgracefully claimed “a dictatorship was being established.”

“Since then, the government has consolidated power further, ordering potential rivals jailed or barring them from running for office.”

“In December, the Constituent Assembly decreed that political parties that wanted to run must have participated in previous elections.”

No legitimate candidates are barred from running.

Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles was barred for misconduct. Leopoldo Lopez is a convicted criminal for leading violent anti-government protests – earlier imprisoned, currently under house arrest.

Parties boycotting last December’s municipal elections must re-register with electoral authorities. Eligibility requires them to collect signatures from 0.5 percent of the electorate in 12 states.

In late January, Venezuela’s Supreme Court ruled against the MUD coalition running a joint ticket in April – for “double affiliation,” holding membership in two parties at the same time, the court adding:

“In the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela one cannot be a member of two political parties at the same time, because the interests of one and the other could coincide in some aspects, but there will always be distinctions, which make this unethical and inoperative.”

The ruling puts MUD’s future in question. Individual opposition parties must run their own candidates instead of a single coalition leader representing them.

Expecting to lose, three opposition fascist coalition parties boycotted last December municipal elections. Maybe they’ll pull the same stunt in April, again crying foul.

The Times cited anti-Bolivarian political analyst Dimitris Pantoulas, disgracefully claiming Venezuela’s electoral commission lost credibility.

He lied saying National Constituent Assembly election results were tampered with. The process was open, free and fair.

The Times supports returning Venezuela to its pre-Bolivarian bad old days – opposing its social democracy under Chavez and Maduro.

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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.