Cubazuela turbocharges its propaganda machine
If Al Jazeera can have an English language television network, why not Cubazuela?
Goebbels's well trained disciples in Havana and Caracas could not resist the temptation.
So, here we go.....
From The International Business Times
Watching TeleSUR English, Venezuela's State-Backed News Site For English Speaking Audiences
Hugo Chavez, the late Venezuelan president, set off panic buttons among some U.S. officials in 2005 when he launched TeleSUR, a state-backed television news network he hoped would spread his message of Bolivarian socialism -- and even rival what he said was CNN’s influence in the region. The network’s president, Andres Izarra, called it an “initiative against cultural imperialism.” U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, a Florida Republican, called it “antiAmerican, antifreedom rhetoric.”
Nine years later, TeleSUR has outlived U.S. protests and the Comandante himself -- and it’s trying to woo young, digital audiences in the U.S. and the U.K. with an English-language news site, which launched on July 25. TeleSUR English hasn't made a big splash in English-speaking media circles, but the network is trying to grow its base, evidenced by a full-page ad it recently took out in the New Yorker magazine. And while TeleSUR English’s leftist slant predictably pervades its coverage, its U.S. features are surprisingly tuned in to many of the pressing social issues that affect communities throughout the country.
Like its Spanish-language counterpart, TeleSUR English receives the bulk of its funding from the Venezuelan government, with additional backing from the governments of Cuba, Ecuador, Argentina, Bolivia, and Nicaragua. With that sort of patronage, it’s not exactly a model of independence and objectivity, and its biases are often glaringly obvious.
Reports on the Gaza conflict are staunchly pro-Palestinian, referring to the fighting between Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas as “Israel’s war on Gaza” and highlighting Venezuelan aid and support for Palestinians. Stories about Russia focus on Moscow’s struggle with U.S. sanctions, and the network notes that Western leaders accuse Putin’s government of meddling in Ukraine “despite blatant support for Ukraine’s new leadership -- including far-right political groups -- by the same Western leaders.” A robust interactive commemorating Fidel Castro’s 88th birthday features a section on Castro’s rocky relationship with the U.S., with a not-so-subtle title of “Fidel and the Empire.”
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