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.

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