RE: [OPE] Special TV report on Venezuela

From: Michael Williams <>
Date: Sun Dec 07 2008 - 09:13:22 EST

That’s alright then. We KNOW that there is nothing of factual value in this little BBC report so we can use some notional rhetorical percentages and reference to a truly horrible vision of a dictatorial authoritarian dystopia to make us feel good about our utopian prejudices.


Of course if we KNOW our side is correct in all details, ‘balance’ as an objective is irrelevant.


That kind of certainty is obtainable only from your priest, rabbi, mullah, witch-doctor … or whoever guards the certainties of your particular faith.




michael W




From: [] On Behalf Of paul bullock
Sent: 07 December 2008 14:04
To: Outline on Political Economy mailing list
Subject: Re: [OPE] Special TV report on Venezuela




quite right... the apparent obsession with balance at the BBC means that 1% is converted into 50%, and the other 99% into 50%, ie balance goes out of the window. Whatever we think of George Orwell his time at the BBC seems to have been well reflected in '1984'....


Paul B.

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Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2008 9:17 PM

Subject: Re: [OPE] Special TV report on Venezuela


"But what is clear is that after 10 years in office, the opposition are still going to need a lot more than a candidate with a pretty face to defeat him."
This is how the report ends. What is the BBC trying to say? There is very little about the major changes that have taken place over last 10 years. So it is a seeming impartial report with a more or less clear partiality in favour of the so called USA paid, CIA supported opposition.


-----Original Message-----
From: Alejandro Agafonow <>
To: OPE List <>
Sent: Sat, 6 Dec 2008 21:23
Subject: [OPE] Special TV report on Venezuela

In the link below you can see on-line the short special TV report on Venezuela, which BBC screened yesterday:




I’ll wait for your comments.


Sincerely yours,

A. Agafonow


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