Daily Archives: March 12, 2019

Bits and Pieces – 20190312, Tuesday

Commentary

A friend called me and said that that the piece by John Pilger in my last post was pure BS, that Pilger was an ultra-leftist. So here’s the dilemma for me. The event that Pilger described could easily have been staged. One might imagine a village where the inhabitants are essentially paid, whether by money or food, to create a Venezuelan Potemkin Village. Pilger could also have bias that allows a sunny image to be constructed. So where does the truth lie?

Whatever the state of repression within Venezuela is, the desire of the US to install a puppet friendly to US interests (read US oil companies) which has been explicitly expressed by Trump and Bolton, is being aided by fake news reports from the media as outlined by Glenn Greenwald: NYT’s Exposé on the Lies About Burning Aid Trucks in Venezuela Shows How U.S. Government and Media Spread Pro-War Propaganda.

In reference to the note about John Pilger, it is still on my mind several days later. It goes a little deeper into the nature of “bias”, something that I’m ruminating on. It has also brought into focus the purpose of this blog: to provide alternative viewpoints and narratives to those that are clearly mainstream and MSM pablum.

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