Channel 4 Smears Chavez
Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006
On March 27, Channel 4 News included a report by Washington Correspondent Jonathan Rugman: 'Hugo to go?'
Rugman relentlessly smeared Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, in a piece described by John Pilger as "one of the worst, most distorted pieces of journalism I have ever seen". (Email to Channel 4 News, copied to Media Lens, March 27, 2006)
Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow introduced the film:
"Now, he's the president with his own television show and a stream of semi-humorous invective hurled at America and George Bush. Venezuela's president, Hugo Chávez, accuses the US of planning to invade his country to take control of its vast oil reserves. And last night he invoked the ultimate deterrent - the bow and arrow dipped in Indian poison. 'If we have to put a few arrows into the invading gringo, then you'll be done in thirty seconds.'"
Snow is of course known for his own semi-humorous take on politics. But in the context of Rugman's report, and of wider political commentary, this introduction fits well as part of the ongoing cartoonisation of Chávez.
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