Who pays for opposition TV infomercials?
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002
Center for Economic & Policy Research co-director Mark Weisbrot reports that University Central de Venezuela (UCV) History Department head Samuel Moncada has accused the US National Endowment for Democracy of funneling money to support Venezuela's opposition, based on similar destabilization efforts in Haiti.
"The so-called 'infomercials' on TV are being paid for with money from abroad ... I'm sure of it." The International Republican Institute is said to be another source of funding since its "seed" money shot up six-fold in 2001 to $340,000.
Weisbrot says the US press should judge Venezuela by its own standards ... "what would happen to people who hijacked an oil tanker from Exxon-Mobil in the United States?"
"They would be facing a trial and a long prison sentence. Military officers who stood outside the White House and called for the overthrow of the government (and this just six months after a military coup supported by a foreign power) would end up in Guantanamo facing a secret military tribunal for terrorism."
"In the United States, the courts would issue injunctions against the strike/lockout, the bank accounts of participating unions would be seized and their leaders would be arrested."