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Fact-checking Canada’s media coverage of Venezuela exposes neglect, double standards, and false claims

Activists decry Canada’s interference in Venezuela and media’s effort to “manufacture consent” for Canadian imperialism.

No 2428 Posted by fw, February 7, 2019

Yves Engler

“The corporate media is wholeheartedly behind the federal government’s push for regime change in Venezuela. The propaganda is thick and … it is as much about what they don’t, as what they do, report. Here are some important developments that have largely been ignored by Canada’s dominant media. … As part of nationwide protests against the ‘Lima Group’ meeting taking place in Ottawa on Monday, activists in Montreal rallied in front of Radio Canada/CBC’s offices. They decried not only Canada’s interference in Venezuela but the dominant media’s effort to ‘manufacture consent’ for Canadian imperialism.”Yves Engler, rabble.ca

Yves Engler is a Canadian commentator and author.

Below is my repost of Yves Engler’s recent article in which he documents 11 failures of  “Canada’s dominant media” to keep Canadians fully and accurately informed about important developments in Venezuela. Regrettably, Yves did not include the names of the mainstream media sources he criticizes. The repost includes my added subheadings, text highlighting and corrections to minor errors.

Alternatively, read Engler’s piece on Rabble’s website by clicking on the following linked title.

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What the mainstream media doesn’t tell you about Venezuela by Yves Engler, rabble.ca, February 4, 2019

Five important facts Canada’s dominant media neglected to tell us about Venezuela

The corporate media is wholeheartedly behind the federal government’s push for regime change in Venezuela. The propaganda is thick and, as per usual, it is as much about what they don’t, as what they do, report. Here are some important developments that have largely been ignored by Canada’s dominant media:

  • At the Organization of American States meeting called by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 25, the Canadian-backed interventionist resolution was defeated 18-16.
  • The “Lima Group” of governments opposed to Venezuela’s elected president was established 18 months ago after Washington, Ottawa and others failed to garner the votes necessary to censure Venezuela at the OAS (despite the head of the OAS’s extreme hostility to Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro).
  • Most of the world’s countries, with most of the world’s population, have failed to support the U.S./Canada push to recognize National Assembly head Juan Guaidó as president of Venezuela.
  • The UN and OAS charters preclude unilateral sanctions and interfering in other countries’ affairs.
  • UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur for sanctions, Idriss Jazairy, recently condemned U.S./Canadian sanctions on Venezuela.

The media failed to pick up on three flagrant double standards in Canada’s application of its own foreign policies

As well, here are some flagrant double standards in Canadian policy the media have largely ignored:

  • “Lima Group” member Jair Bolsonaro won the recent presidential election in Brazil largely because the most popular candidate, Lula da Silva, was in jail. His questionable election took place two years after Lula’s ally, Dilma Rousseff, was ousted as president in a ‘parliamentary coup’.
  • Another “Lima Group” member, Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernandez, defied that country’s constitution a year ago in running for a second term and then ‘won’ a highly questionable mandate.
  • “At the same time” as Canada and the U.S. recognized Juan Guaidó, notes Patrick Mbeko, “in Democratic Republic of Congo they refuse to recognize the massive recent victory of Martin Fayulu in the presidential election, endorsing the vast electoral fraud of the regime and its ally Félix Tshisekedi.”

False or exaggerated claims by three biased sources cited by the media do not hold up under scrutiny

Beyond what the media has ignored, they constantly cite biased sources without offering much or any background. Here are a couple of examples:

  • The Globe and Mail has quoted Irwin Cotler in two recent articles on Venezuela. But, the decades-long anti-Palestinian and anti-Hugo Chavez activist lacks any credibility on the issue. At a press conference in May to release an OAS report on alleged rights violations in Venezuela, Cotler said Venezuela’s “government itself was responsible for the worst ever humanitarian crisis in the region.” Worse than the extermination of the Arawak/Taíno Indians by the Spanish? Or the enslavement of 5 million Africans in Brazil? Or the 200,000 Mayans killed in Guatemala? Or the thousands of state-murdered “subversives” in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil?
  • CBC and Canadian Press (to a slightly lesser extent) stories about former Venezuelan Colonel Oswaldo Garcia Palomo, whose family lives in Montreal, present him as a democracy activist. But, notes Tyler Durden, Garcia participated in a coup attempt last year and then launched raids into Venezuela from Colombia until he was captured by the Venezuelan military.
  • The media blindly repeats Ottawa’s depiction of the “Lima Group,” which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described as an organization established to “bring peace, democracy and stability in Venezuela.” One report called it “a regional block of countries committed to finding a peaceful solution” to the crisis, while another said its members “want to see Venezuela return to democracy.” This portrayal of the coalition stands its objective on its head. The “Lima Group” is designed to ratchet up international pressure on Maduro in hopes of eliciting regime change, which may spark a civil war. That is its reason for existence.

Activists rallied in front of Montreal’s CBC offices, decrying efforts to “manufacture consent”

As part of nationwide protests against the “Lima Group” meeting taking place in Ottawa on Monday, activists in Montreal rallied in front of Radio Canada/CBC’s offices. They decried not only Canada’s interference in Venezuela but the dominant media’s effort to “manufacture consent” for Canadian imperialism.

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