21 Jan 2003
(updated 21 Jan 2003 at 00:41 UTC) »
raph Funny coincidence, I posted
yesterday on the
fsfe-france mailing list my opinion on the state of mainstream medias and the rise of blogs, and it looks like a french translation of yours :).
However your example illustrates the risk of relying
on only one blog, this particular one is a masterpiece of disinformation.
If you're interested in the media and politics, the Venezuela story is exceptional. I have no tie to Venezuela
and I wouldn't be able to spot it on a south america map,
but I got interested into this case because of total inconsistency
in the french media - information released was contradictory and complete nonsense, this couldn't be true - of the reports in the "coup" of April 2002.
I was lucky that a few debates and
academic conferences took place nearby in Paris
so I could make up my mind on the issue, getting mass
of factual information that never appeared, and will probably never appear in any mainstream media.
Why the blog is about disinformation, read the paragraphs before
The president himself, in a unconscionable show of his growing contempt for what anybody else thinks, vowed that he would not step down "even if 90% voted yes."
The context is the February 2003 referendum requested by the opposition. This is indeed
factually true, but it omits a big piece of the information (hence my disinformation masterpiece claim): the
Venezuela constitution allows that a binding presidential referendum
in August 2003 (mandate mid term, you need a big enough petition), and the
president Chavez always stated that he would
follow the result of this (August) constitutionally correct
referendum, and never submit to any inconstitutional referendum on the subject.
Now you ask yourself why on earth
the opposition is risking to throw the country into total chaos instead of having a public debate (FYI: oppositions control all the TV channels in Venezuala except the state owned one and all the mainstream newspapers) and just waiting for August? Hmmm.
I saw some speeches of Chavez and I must admit
I'd never vote for him in a "normal" country,
but I guess the other candidates were so obviously corrupted
and evil that he got elected anyway.
I really encourage people to spend some time googling/thinking
on this, and to compare what you found and what mainstream medias
are saying. Here is one USA-based debate,
to start with (shows both views on the issue) there is plenty of information around.