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Hugo Chavez Did Not Accuse the U.S. of Causing the Haitian Earthquake

By The Anti Press | January 22, 2010

On January 19, Spanish newspaper ABC, a newspaper of record in Spain, published a story entitled “Chavez Accuses US of Causing Earthquake in Haiti.”

The story was quickly picked up by websites around the globe — most quoting Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez as saying the U.S. used a new tectonic weapon to induce the Haitian earthquake.  This was, according to Chavez — “only a drill, and the final target is destroying and taking over Iran.

Within the actual story, ABC noted that the information came from an obscure opinion post on the website of a Venezuelan state television channel, VIVE Television.  The post referenced a supposed Russian military report on American seismic weapons.

All quotes subsequently attributed to Chavez regarding Haiti and earthquake weapons were in fact direct quotes from this web posting — none of which was ever uttered by Chavez.

Spurred on by the international attention being received by its first story, ABC posted a second article on January 20 under the banner “The Secret Weapon to Cause Earthquakes” in which it cites Chavez as having blamed the US for razing Haiti.

By the time the story had run its course, it had been covered with varying degrees of accuracy by corporate news channels, foreign outlets eager to accuse the U.S. of another evil deed, and conspiracy websites happy to have their ideas officially validated.

In the end, it serves as one more reminder to those who prefer truth over ideological delusion: there are some subjects for which the myths of journalistic standards will still be displayed — stories about the government of Venezuela are not one of those subjects.

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January 25, 2010 - Posted by | Deception, Mainstream Media, Warmongering

1 Comment »

  1. I found this chronology from somebody else:

    1. Some Venezuelan blogger wrote a weird story about the U.S. causing the Haiti earthquake with some sort of earthquake weapon.

    2. A website operated by a Venezuelan state TV channel (Vive Tv) included a link to the post in their roundup of Haiti coverage from all over the country.

    3. Some right-wing newspaper in Spain (antichavez ABC newspaper) published a story about the link, referring to it as a Venezuelan state “press release.”

    4. Fox News reports the Spanish story, saying the earthquake weapon claim comes from “Hugo Chavez’ mouthpiece.”

    5. Randomly, Vladimir Putin’s English language teevee channel Russia Today claims that Chavez himself made the statement. This video report is picked up all over the fucking place, Drudge sirens!!

    6. Right wing news “analysts” opine about what level of threat this represents to the United States.

    Unfortunately, Chavez never said what the antichavez Spaniard ABC newspaper supposed he says, and everybody copy and spread. Good for Chavez at the end, because demonstrated how the media fall very easily into their favouritism for friends or antipathy toward enemies by being untrue or negligence with the verification of the source

    Comment by vueltoscasabe | January 26, 2010 | Reply


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