Propaganda in Action: An unfair referendum in Venezuela?

Whenever anything dramatic happens, one this is for certain, you can first expect a massive flurry of propaganda from the corporate media.

I’ve already been reporting on some of the ongoing propagandistic coverage of tonight’s Venezuela referendum here and here.

Here’s the latest morsel of propaganda, this time from the good folks at AFP:

“Unlike in past elections, there were no European Union or Organization of American States election monitors” (source)

Now, to be fair, the AFP article does point out that despite the lack of EU or OAS observers, ‘international observers invited by the government’ have overseen the referendum, but this is stated as if it is a consolation prize.

From this article, one would get the impression that there was only hand-picked, minimal election oversight from the international community.

In fact, the truth of the matter is radically different.

100 observers from Antigua and Barbuda, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Spain, The United States, The Philippines, Finland, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Holland, Honduras, England, Italy, Mali, Namibia, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Switzerland, Surinam and Uruguay were present to oversee the election results. (sources here and here).

5 Responses to “Propaganda in Action: An unfair referendum in Venezuela?”


  1. 1 Americans for Chavez 2 December, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    I’m glad to see that you are actually following the grossly – and utterly unapologetic – misreporting of the reform vote that is happening in the US media. Keep up the good work.

    ¡Viva la Revolución Bolivariana!
    ¡Viva El Processo!
    ¡Viva Chávez!

    Los amigos americanos de Presidente Chavez y la Revolución en inglés…
    —-
    Americans for Chávez
    http://www.myspace.com/chavista
    http://www.americans-for-chavez.com
    Bolivarian Circle ‘Chief Tierra Blanca’

  2. 2 Anti Virus Anti Spam Security 2 December, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    The stronger Chavez tries to control, the more out of control he will become. Fidel Castro ran one of the most successful dictatorships of all time, and he did it buy keeping the people on his side. Most people will except whatever rule is put upon them unless you try to control to much to fast, then they rebel.

  3. 3 Americans for Chavez 2 December, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    However, in the case of Chávez, he really is popular because he has done so much to help the poor and oppressed at the expense of the traditional elites, WITHOUT resorting to undemocratic or unconstitutional means.

  4. 4 marcel 3 December, 2007 at 1:37 am

    Too bad the referendum didn’t pass. I liked the part about removing the central banks independence.


  1. 1 Red Jenny Trackback on 3 December, 2007 at 11:20 am

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