British media in ‘Venezuelan WMD’ gaffe

This video says about itself:

Colombia and the United States have signed an agreement that would grant the United States access to seven military bases in the South American country. The two countries say that this is all part of an effort to boost anti-drug and counterinsurgency operations. This deal, however, is not going over too well with leaders like Hugo Chavez who say that this pact will destabilize the region. RT’s Dina Gusovsky speaks to author and journalist Eva Golinger from Caracas, Venezuela.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Newspapers in trouble over Venezuela claims

Thursday 23 September 2010

Three national newspapers were made to retract misleading headlines about Venezuela following a “catalogue of errors” about the country in the British media, the Venezuelan ambassador said.

The headlines and standfirsts in the Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail suggested that Venezuela had tried to buy nuclear secrets from the US.

In fact a US scientist and his wife had been caught in a sting operation trying to sell the secrets to an undercover FBI agent posing as a Venezuelan government official.

The US government acknowledges that the Venezuelan authorities had no knowledge of or involvement in the incident.

The Independent and Daily Express have so far failed to retract similarly misleading statements about the story.

Venezuelan ambassador Samuel Moncada said Venezuela and Latin America were too often victims of the British media’s “tendency to use any excuse to sensationalise and scandalise events to sell more newspapers.

“On an almost daily basis we are confronted with completely inaccurate stories and headlines that mislead the British public and damage Venezuela’s international reputation,” he said.

See also here.

Maybe the British corporate media are so used to uncritically reprinting their and the US governments’ lies about “weapons of mass destruction“, like the lies which started the Iraq war … that they may think that reporting of this type may help to start another “humanitarian intervention“, this time in Venezuela. Maybe to bring a Pinochet-style pro-western corporations dictatorship to power. In Venezuela, by the way, where, like in Iraq pre 2003, there are lots of oil not owned by ExxonMobil, Shell, and their ilk.

USA: Surprise! Cheney-Bush-Rumsfeld lied us into Iraq: here.

Rumsfeld, Bush and the Supreme War Crime: here.

Shell ad: here.

Venezuela criticises `market totalitarianism’ at UN Millennium Development Goal summit: here.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez signed agreements with Portugal on Sunday for the development of renewable energy projects which he says will one day replace his country’s dominant oil industry: here.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the expropriation of 716,590 acres belonging to a British-owned transnational on Sunday.

Another scary one – radioactive rabbit droppings (& bunnies) found at Hanford nuclear site: here.

5 thoughts on “British media in ‘Venezuelan WMD’ gaffe

  1. Why does Mary Matalin want money from me? Don’t she and her hubby, James Carville, have enough millions between them not to solicit my lunch money?

    Based on an email I received from Matalin on December 21, she is passing the can for the Libby Legal Defense Trust. The name of the c-3 charitable fund for a convicted Cheney staffer, who endangered our national security, is a bit out of date. After all, Scooter Libby was convicted and Bush didn’t pardon him, so what is there to defend?

    According to Matalin, Scooter deserves his “good name” back, and wants me to pop for a few dollars to help him remove the blemish of being convicted of a crime. Scooter must be feeling really down after exposing a CIA agent engaged in trying to reduce illicit trade in weapons of mass destruction (the ironies abound).

    Indeed, Matalin is particularly crestfallen that Scooter’s reputation is under siege again: “Scooter’s name has been in the news quite a bit lately,” Matalin emailed me and many others, “due to the release of the highly partisan, inaccurate, and distorted movie ‘Fair Game’ based on Valerie Plame’s book.”

    I have no idea how I got on the Libby Legal Defense Trust list, but in response to Matalin’s appeal, I’m going to break open my piggy bank and give a donation to the Bradley Manning Defense Fund.

    Now, there’s a guy who deserves some financial support. We owe him dearly.

    Mark Karlin
    Editor, BuzzFlash at Truthout


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