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Thursday, April 05, 2007


The media's coverage of foreign affairs

Want a simple demonstration of how the media's coverage of foreign affairs is dictated in large part by the U.S. government official viewpoint? Consider this potentially rather significant item from today's news:
Venezuela assumed the presidency of the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council on Wednesday and demanded a major revamping of the institution, reported Prensa Latina.

On behalf of Venezuela, Ambassador Jorge Valero said the OAS should not only respond to the concerns of governments but also to the Latin American peoples’ demand for justice, equality and solidarity.
Back when the U.S. was trying to keep Venezuela off the U.N. Security Council, that story was covered intensely by the corporate media. But this story, which doesn't follow the script of U.S. foreign policy, is totally ignored. You can find it in Prensa Latina (link above), or Venezuelan sources, but you won't find it (at least as of this writing) in a single location in the U.S. corporate media.

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