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Chávez Initiates Own ‘Fairness Doctrine’

From Caracas, Venezuela’s El Universal:

Chávez orders to identify media "owned by oligarchs"

"Were it not for these media, (…) government’s popularity would be higher than 80 percent"

Despite a sore throat, a medical advice to stay silent and his promise that his TV and radio program Aló, presidente! (Hello President) would be shorter than the previous ones, President Hugo Chávez spoke on Sunday for five hours, when restarting his weekly program that he had suspended on January 11th, due to the electoral campaign for the constitutional referendum that lifted the limit on presidential terms.

Venezuela’s President ordered his governors and mayors to draw "the map of the media war" to determine which media are "owned by oligarchs."

After saying that "there are not five million rich people in Venezuela," with regard to the opposition vote in the referendum, Chávez said that "were it not for the attacks, the lies, manipulation and exaggeration of the mistakes of the government" by the private media, the popularity of his government would be 80 percent instead of 60 percent or 70 percent, as he claims to have.

"Every mayor, in every city council must make an analysis. How many radio stations are there? What is the content of the programs? Every governor in his or her respective state must do the same analysis. Let us draw a map of the media war. With respect to the newspapers, how many newspapers are owned by the oligarchs in Aragua state, in the municipality of Zamora? There is also a media war on the Internet. There is a daily battle. I beg you to put at the forefront of this battle," Chávez said.

It’s hard to tell if Mr. Chavez is copying the Obama and the Democrats, or vice versa.

But ultimately their plans sound almost identical.

Certainly their intentions are.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Chávez Initiates Own ‘Fairness Doctrine’”

  1. MinnesotaRush

    His throat might not be as sore (and his speeches shorter) if he simply got to the point more quickly. His rambling could’ve been condensed to, “Root out whoever pose a threat or is against me in any fashion or way .. and silence them!”

    Short, simple, to the point!

  2. Gary

    Eerily reminiscent of the attitude voiced by our own North American version toward any media daring to be critical of (H)im:

    “I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls…. If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me, right? … Because the way I’m portrayed 24/7 is as a freak. I am the latte-sipping, New York Times-reading, Volvo-driving, no-gun-owning, effete, politically correct, arrogant liberal. Who wants somebody like that?” — Barack (H)ugo Obama

    http://tinyurl.com/dxszqd

    Of course none of that turned out to be true of (H)im. No, it was all totally off the mark. Those silly Oligarchs.

  3. pdsand

    Certainly if he were given the opportunity, every speech Obama gave would go on for five hours.

  4. Barbie

    Chavez either took over or refused to renew a tv broadccast license for one of the oldest television stations in Venezuela in 2007 because it was anti-Chavez. He simply refused to renew the license – I guess Venequela has an agency similar to FCC here.

    Undoubtedly Chavez and Obama are probably BFF – giggling together while exchanging hints and tips on how to squelch opposition speech. The article I read – though- had an interesting saying on one of the student protestor’s t-shirt” “FREEDOM OF SPEECH – S.O.S.” Now that’s a t-shirt I’d wear.

  5. TickTock

    I hope Obama fails.

  6. Steve

    Mr. Limbaugh is discussing this article as we type.




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