A few weeks ago a British TV programme focussed on Venezuela, a country of which I knew little. It showed the late President Hugo Chavez at various stage of his time in power. It showed him with supporters, civilian and military . He had been a paratrooper, not a detail I’d instinctively warm to. But his military supporters, unlike those in most of Latin America, appeared not to be puppets of Uncle Sam.
An Anti-Chavez march in Caracas was also shown, with one of the marchers carrying a huge flag with the Stars and Stripes. I don’t know which TV channel showed the programme.
TV News and Current Affairs can be harrowing. The most harrowing often show either a Fifth Equestrienne of the Apocalypse, or the Harbinger of Conquest, War, Famine and Death. If, God forbid! I saw her in this neighbourhood, I’d pay any price, or even commandeer at knifepoint, a vehicle and driver to speed me and my loved ones as far away from her as possible. She speaks with a Dublin accent and her name is Orla Guerin. And she works for the BBC.
A week or two I saw her present a programme from Caracas and I thought that it was hostile toPresident Maduro and supportive of his opposition. Apparently somebody challenged her about that coverage and her reply was – “The BBC doesn’t do propaganda.”
You got it from the Equestrienne’s mouth.