The Why and How of Media Attacks on Ecuador’s Government

Source:  TeleSUR
June 7 2016
  • Ecuador

    Ecuador’s media is predominantly owned privately

Promoting the idea that a government is bad and unpopular
Promoting the idea that a government is bad and unpopular is essential to the objective of overthrowing it.

Since the beginning of the ‘pink tide’ in Latin America, much of the international media have been actively smearing progressive Latin American countries.

These media outlets, who have the means to reach global audiences, selectively report the news in what some consider to be an effort to destabilize leftist governments that dare to challenge the economic privileges of big business, banks and financial corporations.

Several South American leaders have argued that private media discredit their governments as parts of plots to overthrow them and replace them with governments more aligned with U.S. interests.

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Venezuela’s coup president swears himself into office on April 12 2002

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez warned of this repeatedly, and in 2002 this materialized into a short-lived coup. The coup was broadcast live and media were shown to have played an active role, deliberately distorting information to the Venezuelan public as well as to the international community in order to justify the usurpation of democracy in the country. Though the coup failed, media attacks against Chavez continued, and have now focused intensely on his successor, President Nicolas Maduro.

Since 2007, President Correa has been the target of a media smear campaign

Since taking office in 2007, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa has also been the target of a media smear campaign both within and outside of the country. Correa has not only championed laws to democratize media in order to break up the power of monopolies, but he has also been vocal in calling out the attacks on his and other progressive governments.

None of this happens to right-wing leaders

“Do you think really that the difficult situations (faced by) Dilma Rousseff … in Brazil, Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, Michelle Bachelet in Chile, Cristina Fernandez in Argentina and the difficulties that Evo Morales has had in Bolivia before winning an overwhelming majority, are all accidental?,” Correa told a groups of reporters in 2015. “They are all leaders of leftist governments … None of this happens to right-wing leaders.”

The Goal: End Latin American Integration

According to Argentine writer and journalist Stella Calloni, the United States needs a “disciplined” Latin America that will submit to the U.S. governments political and economic interests. To achieve this, the U.S. has launched a media campaign to recover the control it once held over South American countries.

It is no coincidence that Latin America began receiving attention from major international media when countries started to move away from the neoliberal capitalist model.

Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador for became the targets of media attacks when elected, progressive leaders, pushed back against U.S.-promoted intiatives like the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas interests and instead began projects for regional integration such as UNASUR, ALBA, Mercosur and Petrocaribe.

For the analyst Beto Almeida, the United States felt threatened because “Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela are finding another way to shape the future of Latin America, one of solidarity and cooperation. These attacks attempt to stop the continuation of Latin American integration.”

Smear Campaign Against Ecuador

Ecuador has experienced an intense media offensive against President Rafael Correa’s government and the Citizen Revolution.

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One thought on “The Why and How of Media Attacks on Ecuador’s Government

  1. There are a few critical points to be made in the context of the vicious and aggressive propaganda war being waged by the local oligarchy, the US empire and their political servants against the popular revolution in Ecuador and its maximum leader, president Correa.

    First and foremost, it is indispensable to say that as vicious and as destructive that the propaganda war of the earlier identified political enemies of the Citizens revolution and its leader is in Ecuador, it is not a unique phenomenon to the nationalist revolution to Ecuador. Broadly speaking though perhaps with some variations the propaganda assault of the right-wing media is equally vicious and destructive against all the other popular revolutions and their leaders in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

    Indeed, the same political enemies earlier mentioned were and are perhaps as equally ferocious in their propaganda wars against the nationalist democratic governments in Argentina and Brazil that until recently were led by Christina Fernandez and Dilma Rousseff.

    Sadly, the world already knows that the right-wing political servants of the oligarchy and the US empire won the elections in Argentina last year and that they are currently using their power in Brazil’s Congress to stage a coup against the constitutionally elected president Dilma Rousseff under the disguise of “an impeachment.”

    Second, it is a historical fact that the dominant classes in any country will always adopt actions to resist even the smallest organized challenges and changes to their wealth and privileges that the oppressive status quo enable them to illicitly acquire through exploitative and oppressive mechanisms. The latter is true whether it’s the exploitation of serfs by lords in feudalism, the exploitation of slaves by slave masters in slavery or the exploitation of workers by capitalists and imperialists in capitalist societies.

    Consequently, the classes with political and economic power in all societies irrespective of the socio-economic and socio-political organization of the system of oppression and exploitation will pursue class war including their ferocious propaganda war against the social forces that either threaten or have replaced their privileges and power with those of the majority of the people.

    Needless to say, the same social law applies in a socialist society in which the working class and their political representatives are the dominant class. They too as the ruling class are obligated to resist the counterrevolution of the capitalist classes who seek to destabilize and or overthrow their power as a ruling class.

    In this context, the latter social law of class struggle between the interests of the 1 percent of the minority exploiter classes of bankers, landlords, merchants, industrialists and propaganda merchants and the 99 percent of workers, small farmers, the hungry, students and the poor is also true for Latin America as it is for Africa, Asia, Europe and the US itself.

    This is a social law which is expressed in the class battles of
    those forces who defend progress by using a country’s resources such as its land, labor, gold mines and technologies to improve the lives of the majority of the population of a country as opposed to the reactionary plans of the privileged classes which use a country’s resources to enrich themselves, namely, the 1 percent.

    Thus the unfolding battles whether in Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua and other nations with revolutions and those striving to build their revolutions against capitalism and imperialism is always the same battles. The primary difference in these political battles are likely to be the forms in which they evolve between those social forces who fight for progress and those who fight for reaction to maintain their power and privileges against the majority.

    Thirdly, the primary goal of the propaganda wars of the capitalist classes is to spread lies and confusion as well as to distort the policy actions of the cited nationalist and revolutionary governments in Latin America. The main goal of their propaganda war is the same in Ecuador as in Venezuela and the other countries, namely, to get the people to believe that anti-imperialist revolutions, progress and socialism are synonymous with shortages of soaps, foods, TVs and other consumer goods, increased crime, blackouts, disorder and hardships.

    The latter is precisely why the oligarchy and the US empire always complement their propaganda wars with their economic and political wars to destroy the economies so as to create the shortages, chaos, lawlessness and instability in these countries.

    The strategy of the regional oligarchy and the US empire is apparently to destabilize and undermine not only the anti-imperialist governments and leaders in Latin America but most importantly to destroy and weaken the power, morale and confidence of their peoples who broadly support these nationalist revolutions. The chosen means of the right-wing to achieve their goals is by way of propaganda, economic sabotage and political terror against the institutions built in these countries to explicitly deepen democratic practices that the “masters of mankind” never saw fit to extend to those they have made poor.

    As such, the primary goals of the political enemies in the context of Latin America are at least three interconnected and complementary ones.

    First, to overthrow by military force or otherwise (as in the case of Brazil a parliamentary coup), the nationalist and democratic governments in the targeted countries in the region in order to put an end at least temporarily to policy measures aimed at promoting the welfare of the people by eroding the power of the local oligarchies and the US empire.

    Second, to install their political servants as governments in these countries so as to pursue their neo-liberal policy agenda to promote and protect the vested interests of the local oligarchies and the US empire while leaving the majority of the people to rot in poverty and misery.

    Third, to pursue their old dream of reverting Latin America to what they arrogantly called their “backyard” which simply means that they tell governments what policies to take not only to access to their resources but also to protect the vested interests of the “masters of mankind.”

    In this regard, should the propaganda merchants of the ruling classes in the countries of the region with popular nationalist revolutions succeed in confusing and demoralizing the masses, then it is fair to say two things are likely. First, not only would it be politically easier to overthrow these nationalist governments in Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia and others but secondly, the multidimensional progress that has been made possible by the organized and highly invigorated masses will be more easily put to an end.

    Fourthly, it should be obvious to any keen observer of revolutions that the propaganda, economic, social and political wars against the evolving revolutions are intended not only to sabotage them but to defeat them and take back power. That’s what the ruling classes did in Chile (1973), Guatemala (1954), Brazil (1964), Argentina (1976) and other places and that is exactly what they are trying to do once more in Brazil though they are misusing the Congress another institution of power to do so this time around compared to their use of the military in 1964.

    Thus, the nationalist and revolutionary governments of the region will not only have to be politically and militarily vigilant but equally important these governments will also have to continue to adopt prudent measures to improve the material conditions of the majority of their people.

    They will have to be staunchly aggressive in fighting social problems like poverty, homelessness, illiteracy, lack of access to health care, climate change, joblessness and other development challenges in their countries.

    At the same time,the nationalist governments in Latin America must be even more aggressive in reminding their peoples and the world about their achievements in reducing poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and providing access to health care to the majority which would have been impossible without their nationalist revolutions.

    These governments have no choice but to routinely and aggressively remind their peoples and the world that it is their anti-imperialist and anti-oligarchy revolutions that have made it possible for them to deliver the social and economic benefits to them. The latter includes importantly that in the absence of these nationalist revolutions the ordinary folks in these countries now have a structured voice in the governance of their countries for the very first time in their history.

    Thus failure on the part of these governments to remind their peoples and the world of these remarkable achievements would be synonymous to revolutionary malpractice. In this regard, it is imperative that the leaders, state officials and ordinary folks in these countries regularly employ the diverse digital platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, histogram and all the others to communicate the latest achievements on poverty reduction, job creation, inflation and crime reduction, health and other social progress.

    Indeed, the use of these platforms by the presidents, state leaders and officials as well as ordinary folks in the cited countries with nationalist revolutions while it will not reduce the scope and power of the international reach of the media of the oligarchy and the US empire in their propaganda war against these governments could have a positive impact in resisting against the lies and distortions of the oligarchy and the empire’s propaganda war against them.

    Finally, as recent suggestion by the Cuban foreign minister Bruno Rodriquez Parrilla, is both timely and indispensable that the nationalist governments, revolutionary, anti-imperialist and progressive forces of all stripes should organize and coordinate to strategically rebuff imperialist interventions and aggression in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    “Peace if you are willing to fight for it” Fred Hampton

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