U.S. Media: Report Venezuela Accurately!

The U.S. is orchestrating a coup in Venezuela that is likely to lead to bloodshed — even civil war and U.S. liberal media are willing participants in the “humanitarian aid” PR stunt to make it happen. Fair.org just published an excellent report on how Venezuela Coverage Takes Us Back to Golden Age of Lying About Latin America.

Tell the New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC not to collaborate with the Trump-Abrams-Bolton PR stunt to weaponize humanitarian aid in order to foment violence for their coup on Venezuela. Tell the New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC they have a responsibility to report accurately and truthfully.


Dear New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC,

The U.S. has a long and sordid history of supporting coups in Latin America — Guatemala in 1953, Chile in 1973, Honduras in 2009 — and it always turned out disastrous for the people. The U.S. “humanitarian aid” convoy is an obvious stunt to galvanize the opposition and foment violence in pursuit of the coup efforts. The risks are civil war in Venezuela and U.S. military involvement that could last for years and take countless lives.

As media you have a responsibility to report the situation and motivations and the plans of the Trump administration truthfully and accurately. For example, NPR’s Inconvenient Truth recently accurately reported:

“The U.S. effort to distribute tons of food and medicine to needy Venezuelans is more than just a humanitarian mission. The operation is also designed to foment regime change in Venezuela — which is why much of the international aid community wants nothing to do with it. Humanitarian operations are supposed to be neutral.

That’s why the International Committee of the Red Cross, United Nations agencies and other relief organizations have refused to collaborate with the U.S. and its allies in the Venezuelan opposition who are trying to force President Nicolás Maduro from power.

“Humanitarian action needs to be independent of political, military or any other objectives,” Stéphane Dujarric, the U.N. spokesman, told a press briefing last week in New York. “The needs of the people should lead in terms of when and how humanitarian assistance is used.”

This is the kind of accurate reporting, as well as looking at past U.S. regime change endeavors and the histories of Elliot Abrams and John Bolton’s involvement, that the world expects and needs from media leaders like you.

The stakes are high and the people of Venezuela, America, and the entire world, stand to pay the price if you do not end your participation in the Trump-Abrams-Bolton PR stunt.

Sincerely,

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  • Janet Gaspar
    signed 2019-03-26 19:33:11 -0400
    First principles: if you think democracy is a good thing, it’s because it gives people a say in how Their Country is run- not in how other countries are run. Actions abroad are done to third parties who have no say in the matter and these actions therefore undermine absolutely their choice on how their own country is run. What gives us the right to vote for unilateral policies that affect other countries, in particular harm them?

    So it follows that it is fundamental to democracy that people are informed about what goes on in the world.and take responsibility to vote so as to limit the harm our governments can do to third parties- First Do No Harm. Or you’re basically voting for democracy at home, dictatorial actions abroad.

    Foreign policy should be a top priority when deciding who to vote for. Without truthful reporting, voters can’t hope to make accurate choices about policies that will be carried out in their name and with their complicity.

    The Foreign policy PR campaign by media lies and distortions has to stop.

    Journalists and editors need a Journalistic Hippocratic Oath that defines their vital role in underpinning healthy democracy and they need to enforce it radically. Balanced reporting. Opinions flagged up as opinions. Interests flagged up as interests. Unsupported claims flagged up as just that.

    Thankyou CodePink :-)
  • Jason Nelson
    signed 2019-03-26 14:34:43 -0400
    It’s disgusting how the big news networks are trying to manufacture consent for the coup with their one-sided, misleading coverage. Do better
  • Thomas Hand
    signed 2019-03-24 20:07:16 -0400
  • colin moran
    signed 2019-03-24 18:18:24 -0400
  • Christina Fisher
    @Liberty_Cat1 tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-22 09:03:07 -0400
    Tell the @NYtimes @CNN @MSNBC not to participate in the Trump-Abrams-Bolton PR stunt for war on Venezuela. Real humanitarian aid and support for Venezuelan people is lifting sanctions and encouraging dialogue. #HandsOffVenezuela via @codepink https://www.codepink.org/venezuela_media?recruiter_id=809995
  • Luis Alvarez
    signed 2019-03-21 21:30:14 -0400
  • Dian Deevey
    signed 2019-03-21 13:29:36 -0400
    Dian Deevey
  • Jesse Scarlato
    signed 2019-03-20 12:20:18 -0400
  • Zhifeng Leo Li
    signed 2019-03-20 07:24:21 -0400
    US Hands Off Venezuela!!!
  • Oswal Perez
    signed 2019-03-19 19:18:13 -0400
  • Mohammad Jalili
    signed 2019-03-17 09:07:17 -0400
  • Loretta Whelpton
    signed 2019-03-16 12:52:36 -0400
    Loretta T Whelpton
  • Dr. Katherine Wiebe
    signed 2019-03-15 23:01:05 -0400
  • Karoline Haffner
    signed 2019-03-15 20:27:29 -0400
  • John Husband
    signed 2019-03-15 17:19:49 -0400
  • Johanna Harman
    signed 2019-03-14 19:04:01 -0400
    WMDs-in-Iraq reporting re Venezuela is unacceptable.
  • Bryan Rosen
    signed 2019-03-14 17:26:58 -0400
  • Álvaro Fernández González
    signed 2019-03-14 10:40:44 -0400
  • Michael Johnson
    @MikeJohnon tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-13 17:43:58 -0400
    Tell the @NYtimes @CNN @MSNBC not to participate in the Trump-Abrams-Bolton PR stunt for war on Venezuela. Real humanitarian aid and support for Venezuelan people is lifting sanctions and encouraging dialogue. #HandsOffVenezuela via @codepink https://www.codepink.org/venezuela_media?recruiter_id=731190
  • Michael Johnson
    signed 2019-03-13 17:43:48 -0400
  • Kat Swift
    signed 2019-03-12 22:26:45 -0400
  • Hilda Marshall
    signed 2019-03-12 21:40:40 -0400
    US support for the Guaidó coup is shameful and has absolutely nothing to do with the safety or well-being of Americans. It is nothing but yet another resource grab on the part of the oil barons, against the will of the American people, and I disown, denounce, and condemn it utterly.
  • Laura Overmann
    signed 2019-03-12 21:39:17 -0400
  • chris miller
    signed 2019-03-12 20:44:36 -0400
    THESE Bogus "news " outlets are mouth pieces for the Oligarchy; after the revolution , THE P>E>Aprovisionaly ecological authority will be sending out “media marshall’s” charged with rounding up accomplicesto the Military Industrial complex’s propaganda machine and putting these people into modern “Gulags” where they will Work and work andwork in cold unheated enviornments until they collapse & die; their will be NO SURVIORS!
  • Dennis Berger
    signed 2019-03-12 19:12:22 -0400
  • Robert Schwarzbauer
    signed 2019-03-12 18:57:23 -0400
  • Susan Rosenberg
    @SSuz123 tweeted link to this page. 2019-03-12 17:45:37 -0400
    Tell the @NYtimes @CNN @MSNBC not to participate in the Trump-Abrams-Bolton PR stunt for war on Venezuela. Real humanitarian aid and support for Venezuelan people is lifting sanctions and encouraging dialogue. #HandsOffVenezuela via @codepink https://www.codepink.org/venezuela_media?recruiter_id=807653
  • Susan Rosenberg
    signed 2019-03-12 17:45:15 -0400
    Just stop the lies, gaslighting we the people! MSM is nothing but celebrities dividing Americans with twisted fairytales.


    Who owns you? You refused to cover Bernie’s rallys in 2015 at Cal-Expo, Sacramento CA. I was there, 25,000 to 30,000 in attendance cops reported.


    Podesta emails? And no Russia didn’t do it.


    Russia didn’t close voting precincts the Dems did.

    No crossover ballets issued.

    Voter purging.


    Rigged voting machines, press Bernie which flipped to Hillary. District manager removed the machine.

    America the great my ass.


    Suzie Rosenberg
  • John Martino
    signed 2019-03-12 15:02:25 -0400
  • Charles O'Neil
    signed 2019-03-12 14:16:53 -0400
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