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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Chavez: A champion of America's poor?

Here's a good story that I just ran across - Hugo Chavez - Pat Robertson's arch nemesis and President of oil rich Venezuela - wants to sell "cut-price heating oil to U.S. poor".

This is getting more hilarious with each passing day. It appears that Chavez wants to sell heating oil directly to America's poor. According to the article the "details" of how this would be accomplished would be worked out later. Therefore will Chavez become a champion of the poor in America as he has in Venezuela? Of course the always media hungry Jesse Jackson is presently in Venezuela promoting this idea with Chavez.

Trust me, this isn't going to happen even if George Bush and Dick Cheney have to personally sit at a port in Houston and dump out every barrel of oil earmarked by Chavez to America's poor into the Gulf of Mexico. Let's just give a big collective"thank you" to Pat Robertson for making Chavez's name vernacular, and thus creating an opportunity for Chavez to show the rest of America what a lot of oil, and good old fashion populism can do.


  • At 8/30/2005 11:45 AM, Blogger zen said…

    It's somewhat amazing that every idea/issue/personality that the Right labels as "bad" and to treat as a threat, and degrade constantly actually does more to bring the issue into the public sphere. People start to wonder what the big deal is and become informed. However the big problem is that those that rely on sources such as Fox, Limbaugh, and the Irish blowhard duo of Hannity and O'Reilly, are getting spun misinformation.
    Further it's the most pathetic thing in the world to hear these loud booming personalities that actually dominate talk radio cry about being victims.

  • At 8/30/2005 7:28 PM, Blogger Bassizzzt said…

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  • At 8/31/2005 8:48 AM, Anonymous pro-life dem said…

    I have seen first hand time and again where O'Reilly and Fox has outright lied. I have yet to see that with Franken. Not saying it doesn't happen, just saying tell me an example.

  • At 8/31/2005 9:06 AM, Blogger zen said…

    Has anyone here seen Outfoxed? It does a pretty good job of exposing the bias of a network that claims to be "fair and balanced." It identifies the techniques used to push an agenda, and how the lines between news and opinion/commentary are intentionally blurred.
    The manipulations used by Fox are not matched by Air America. I'm not saying that AA doesn't have a point of view, but it is not masked behind false lables of being news—which is intended to objective. It is blantantly obvious that Fox does not want to be a source of news, they want to pander and rally the base. They are very successful at that.

  • At 8/31/2005 10:16 AM, Blogger Will Vaught said…

    yea, have a copy of "outfoxed" on DVD - another good one is Robert Greenwald's "the truth about iraq" - (or something to that extent) it runs about an hour, i know the sundance channell plays it some..

  • At 9/09/2005 9:09 PM, Blogger zen said…

    Where have you been man?

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