Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Who would Jesus assasinate?

OK, well, I thought it was interesting when Media Matters posted this bit about Pat Robertson being bloodthirsty and wanting Hugo Chavez assasinated, (HT: Atrios), but I'm actually kind of surprised that the NY Times picked it up.

Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. U.S. officials have called the accusations ridiculous.

Although those US officials have been at a loss to explain the presence of certain US embassy personnel near and around the coup leader.

In addition, the Times neglected to report that Robertson basically left out some salient facts: Chavez is dictatorial and corrupt, but has also garnered very broad support by turning petrodollars into social programs, boosting health and literacy of Venezuelans. It's the latter thing that really pisses off the conservatives; after all, they have no problem with dictatorial and corrupt Saudis, Pakistanis, Iraqis, and of course, Robertson had no problem with his old friend Mobutu Sese Seko, or Roberto d'Aubisson, the Salvadoran death squad leader who murdered Archbishop Oscar Romero.

That dang libreral media...always leaving out context.

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