Alan MacLeod looks at the role of the media in the regime change operation in Venezuela
by Alan MacLeod
Part 4 - The administration shows its true hand
Instead, since Maduro's swearing-in, many seem to have been openly championing regime change in the country. One of the few positive things about the Trump administration is that it does not try to conceal its true intentions behind misleading, flowery words. John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor, has openly described Venezuela as a business opportunity.
"It will make a big difference to the United States economically if we could have American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela," he said.
With clear parallels to the build-up to the Iraq War, he also labeled Venezuela as belonging to a "troika of tyranny" and recently suggested sending Maduro to Guantanamo Bay. The U.K. government has blocked the transfer of Venezuela's gold out of the Bank of England after it declared Guaidó its legitimate leader. At the same time, the U.S. has ramped up its sanctions on the beleaguered nation, in spite of pleas from the UN to do the opposite. The Human Rights Council formally condemned them, noting they made the crisis far worse. One Special Rapporteur declared them a possible "crime against humanity".
And yet the press overwhelmingly abets the pretense of "democracy promotion" and protection of human rights. The Washington Post, for example, applauded the administration's actions, urging it to work with the body to tighten the sanctions while claiming Guaido had given hope to the people of Venezuela.
The mainstream media seems to ignore the opinions of everyday Venezuelans. Eighty-six percent are against military intervention and 81 percent disagree with the current sanctions, according to a recent local poll. Perhaps there's a ulterior motive to the mainstream media's uniform approach in delegitimatizing Maduro's regime: to undermine and attack the rise of socialist-inspired ideas back home.
When it comes to key issues such as foreign policy, the charade that the media cares about impartiality and truth withers away to reveal its true role in serving the powerful.