The whole thing with Hugo Chavez is a disgrace. Even into this year some American liberals could be found who were still holding out some hope of redemption in Venezuela’s socialist pseudo-revolution. And, I suppose, there still are a few.
In the meantime, though, CNN just isn’t helping things along:
Chavez used much of the news conference for foreign reporters to criticize the media, singling out CNN in particular.
He pointed to an on-screen caption on its Spanish-language network earlier this week that he said was an incitement to assassinate him.
On Tuesday, CNN en Espanol showed a picture of Chavez with a caption saying, “Who killed him?” at the bottom of the screen. The caption was meant to be used on a story about Washington Redskins football player Sean Taylor, who was killed last Monday. CNN has apologized for the error.
In a statement responding to Chavez’s comments, CNN said, “We are committed to continuing to cover the current situation in Venezuela in a fair and objective manner. For example, we’ve frequently offered live, extended coverage of President Chavez’s speeches and news conferences, even when he uses our air to voice his criticisms of CNN.”
Chavez has threatened to sue the network and expel CNN employees from the country.
Good one, guys. That’s … that’s just great.
Be proud. It’s not every day your incompetence becomes an international incident.
You’re not helping.