For all the millennials gushing about democratic socialism and seizing the means of production, they never want to talk about Venezuela. After all, the state sponsored Pravda sending videos around the world in order to show that their people aren’t eating zoo animals to survive in that socialist sh*thole is far from what you’ll hear from your local leftist.
It seems criticizing Venezuela can get you in a bit of trouble too, with Reason TV’s John Stossel having to issue this “apology” to TeleSur, the government run propaganda mill:
“The video that previously appeared on the page, ‘Stossel: Socialist Propaganda,’ described the role of state-funded English-language television channels in propping up corrupt and murderous regimes in Venezuela, Cuba, and Russia. After the video was released, TeleSur reporter Abby Martin pointed out a factual error—I said that her videos tell people that “the Venezuelan police don’t shoot protesters.” In fact, elsewhere in her video, she did report that “many have been killed by police.” I apologize for this error. Martin also says that my characterization of her work at TeleSur and RT suggests that she lacked editorial independence. I never meant to imply that. I don’t think I did. I’m sure Martin sincerely believes what she reports. In my opinion, that does not make her work for socialist state-run media less harmful. I encourage you to watch Martin’s reports and decide for yourself.”
It seems the truth is relative when the lies of TeleSur can continue to spread, but Stossel gets shot down.
In this edition of Remcast, I give you a quick run-through of how bad the situation in Venezuela really is.
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Remso W. Martinez is a journalist and political commentator in the D.C. area. Remso is the author of the upcoming book “Stay Away From The Libertarians!” available on Amazon on June 23, 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @Remso101