June 7 2016
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.
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.”
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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