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Meanwhile In Venezuela....

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Violent protests in Venezuela not reported in the MSM.

http://www.mediaite.com/online/venezuelan-journalist-rightly-wonders-why-american-media-ignores-unfolding-crisis/

What the media have represented as “street clashes,” he wrote, are actually “state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.” He explained:

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street. And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.

While conceding that there is a much more “photogenic” upheaval taking place in Ukraine, Toro lamented that major news outlets have either outright ignored or relegated Venezuela to the b-list of news items.

Scanning each of those media outlets’ websites on Thursday morning, Toro observed:

The New York Times “World” section has “nothing.”

The Guardian world page “has some limp why-are-you-protesting? piece that made some sense before last night’s tropical pogrom, but none after it. So… basically nothing.”

The BBC led its Latin America section with a story on the old news of the detained Venezuelan opposition leader, “as though [the violence] last night had been just business as usual.”

CNN, he noted, was also “chasing the thing that was the story in the old Venezuela,” i.e., the detained leader and not the violent government crackdown on protesters.

“Al Jazeera English never got the memo,” he added, with a screenshot of a website full of Ukraine headlines.

And showing Fox News’ webpage, Toro wrote: “Even places that love to hate the Venezuelan government are asleep at the wheel.”

And sure enough the BBC LA headline this morning is:

Venezuela threatens to expel CNN over protest coverage

Do the BBC actually do news anymore?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-26283971

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