Chavez ta ponchao: Where's BBC professionalism when most need it?

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    After the coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez from his domain in 2002, a couple of Irish film makers, who, chance would have it, purportedly found themselves witnessing the whole shebang, produced a 'documentary' that captured those fateful days. The 'documentary', deceivingly called The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, won prizes all around, and Kim Bartley and Donacha O'Brian, its producers, were catapulted to chavista stardom. Such success would never had materialised had it not been for the endorsement that the BBC and other European broadcasters lent to the film, for it was later revealed that chronology of events was altered in order to meet a particular, utterly misleading, storyline. In short, pure propaganda. Nonetheless, the film, and its producers, did enjoy 15 minutes of fame. Now contrast that with the latest exercise in propaganda, produced sans BBC by Venezuela's official channel (Venezolana de Television), fabricating a storyline in an attempt to charge, presumably with treason and sedition, RCTV journalist Miguel Angel Rodriguez, for allegedly having made public calls for a military solution to rid Venezuela of Hugo Chavez:




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