Saturday, January 23, 2010

OMG! Hugo Chavez madness takes down Latin American left

The other day, some of those ever so informed anonymous anti-Evo commentators pointed out the obvious idiocy of Bolivian VP Alvaro Linera's criticisms of the US response to the Haitian disaster. How could anyone question the good will of the United States towards Haiti? (please do not read this, that, or the other thing) To exemplify what a preposterous idiot Linera is the anonymous commentator pointed out that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez made the insane accusation that the Haitian earthquake was caused by a super-duped secret US weapon! And since we all know that Morales and Linera are puppets of Chavez, they are idiots by default.

Ok, this perplexed me a bit, since I had not heard Chavez say anything of the kind. So, I went to trusty Google expecting to prove this wingnut commentator wrong. But OMFG!!!, right there on Fox News:

The United States apparently possesses an "earthquake weapon" that set off the catastrophic quake in Haiti and killed 200,000 innocents. Don't believe it's true? Just ask Hugo Chavez.
Oh noes! Where did we go wrong? Chavez really is nutters! A wack-job conspiracy theorist! Those assholes were right all along. I guess this whole Boliviarian Revolution business is all nonsense. We better pack our bags and jump on the Washington Consensus back to neoliberalandia.

And then I read on and got more confused.
Citing an alleged report from Russia's Northern Fleet, the Venezuelan strongman's state mouthpiece ViVe TV shot out a press release saying the 7.0 magnitude Haiti quake was caused by a U.S. test of an experimental shockwave system that can also create "weather anomalies to cause floods, droughts and hurricanes."
Wait, that's not Hugo Chavez himself, but state TV. This all sounds fishy, so I did some more Googling, but luckily for me I speak Mexican so I ran across this piece which had an image of the original conspiracy theory article in question.

The conspiratorial article happens to have been briefly be posted on Venezuelan community participatory TV's website under the anonymous byline "Patria Grande". As the posting on Rebelion explains, the rightwing Spanish ABC news agency then wrote up a story claiming Chavez had made the conspiratorial claim, which then got picked up by Fox News (among others) and ended up being posted on my blog by some anonymous anti-Evo wingnut.

Hugo Chavez said nothing of the kind. Spanish ABC news simply lied and others followed. You will remember ABC news from other such lying fiascos like when they made up the existence of a shadowy conspiracy behind the Bolivian and Venezuelan constitutions, which was later repeated by the Washington Post.

Turns out the only conspiracy is of cryptofascist corporate media making up lies about Latin American leftists to make them look bad.

Update: BoRev writes a superior post on the matter: "Venezuela Rocked By 7.2 Magnitude Rumor".


RickB said...

Well if he will sit on all that oil that belongs to Uncle Sam!

Richard Grabman said...

The more serious problem is that this nonsense has also shown up on "progressive" websites like "lawyers, guns and money" (

With even what passes for the "left" in the U.S. disbelieving what everyone from the far right to the anarchists know from experience about U.S. "assistance", people here aren't being paranoid... they really do have an enemy

vox said...

Thanks for this. Even I was suckered into thinking he may have said it, even though I know he's probably the most lied about man in the hemisphere.

Anonymous said...

interestingly enough, the links that Fox provides don't even infer what they say they infer. But that's about the level of brains that Fox fans have. Too dumB to follow the link. Just take Rupert's word for it.

Bina said...

I knew he said nothing of the sort, but then, I know enough to have a browser tab constantly open to, which faithfully reports his every word. And I know how to read Spanish. AND I know made-up shit when I smell it. So I know he said nothing of the sort, but probably something more like "the gringos are using this tragedy as a weapon of imperialism against Haiti", or words to that effect. Which is certainly true--just look how quickly the Shock Doctrineers at the Heritage Institute were splattering themselves all over it as an "opportunity".

No, Herr Kafka, you're not paranoid--they really ARE out to get you. And first, they get you by putting crazy words in your mouth...

jaaron said...

You actually thought I was asinine in my first post on the Linera blog. If I were you, I would take a hard look at what I am posting on your ever so intelligently written blog. For example, you said:

"Wait, that's not Hugo Chavez himself, but state TV."

That is probably one of the stupidest comments I've ever read about Chavez. You do realize that state TV in Venezuela is heavily monitored and controlled by the Venezuelan government, right? Obviously, after having brief interactions with you for the last couple of days, I would not expect you or any other "ever so informed" pro-Evo commentator to know better.

El Duderino said...

Actually Jaaron, the state TV in question is first of all not Telesur but an ViVe TV, an experimental project in community participatory programing (you might even call it democratic). So it is not that surprising that something like the conspiratorial Venezuelan blogger post might get linked to for a few hours on their website.

Second, I was not referring to you in this post but the other anonymous commentator who made a bigger ass of himself they you did.

Third, you seriously believe Chavez sits all day reading, censoring, and approving stories to run on an experimental TV station's website. Just who is the conspiracy theorist here?

jaaron said...

Interesting read if any of you are interested in the Lithium reserves in Bolivia.