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Grapevine Whine - Back to Bashing Chavez

Reported by Nancy - December 2, 2005 -

International political developments rarely intrude on Special Report, & then only to target the limited list of usual suspects. On Thursday night (12/1), Hume used one "picking" on the Grapevine segment to try to paint Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez & his supporters as delusional & the Bush administration as not at all involved in what's going on in Venezuela.

Picking #3 on the Grapevine was a thinly-disguised attempt to minimize & discredit charges that the US is directly manipulating the political process in Venezuela. First Hume reported that 4 political opposition parties are boycotting this weekend's elections because "they say [it] is an unfair vote biased towards Chavez's allies. Then he added (in a tone of disbelief) that "the Venezuelan government doesn't think they were acting on their own." Hume said that Venezuelan VP Jose Vicente Rangel "blames the US Embassy for putting the parties up to the move, saying, 'We have sufficient intelligence & enough information suggesting that behind the card of not participating there are aims of destabilizing the country. Behind it all, the US Embassy has been very active, extremely active.' " Hume ended by noting, with a straight face, that the US Embassy has denied "any role in the parties' withdrawal."

Comments: Is there anyone out there who doesn't think the US was behind the 2002 coup that almost succeeded in ousting Chavez? Or that we're not still trying? If so, please read this article from 2002, this article from 2004, & this 2005 interview with Philip Agee, author of Inside the Company: CIA Diary . The Bush administration has had it in for Chavez for a very long time, both because he's an avowed socialist & because Venezuela has so much oil.

No wonder they're furious with him again. Chavez hasn't let up since he called Bush "Mr Danger" at the Summit of the Americas in Argentina last month. Strike one: he offered to sell heating oil at discount prices to poor families in Massachusetts. Strike two: over US protests, Chรกvez signed a $2 billion deal to buy arms from Spain. Strike three: on Dec 1, Royal Dutch/Shell & BP signed accords deepening their commercial ties with Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Bada bing, bada boom: opposition parties decide to boycott the upcoming elections. While the Bush administration is in control, you mess with Big Oil at your own risk.

Hume should get a prize for the excellent job he did at chanelling official State Department propaganda.

NOTE TO READERS: Please stay on topic (Hume's & Fox's spin on Venezuela). O/T comments will be deleted. Thanks.