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Thu Jun 5, 2014, 02:54 PM

Good Protesters—and the Bad Kind

Apr 01 2014

Good Protesters—and the Bad Kind

When Molotov cocktails are just a ‘boy’s adventure’


In Venezuela, meanwhile, demonstrators are similarly labeled. Here’s Mariana Atencio on ABC World News (2/23/14):

It’s been 12 straight days of violent clashes here in Venezuela. On one side, students and the middle class. On the other, police and pro-government groups, followers of the party of anti-American President Hugo Chávez.

So it’s students versus people who support the “anti-American” government—not difficult to figure out whose side you’re supposed to take. Nor did Newsweek (2/21/14) leave much doubt when it described protest leader Leopoldo López this way:

With twinkling chocolate-colored eyes and high cheekbones, López seems to have it all: an attractive and supportive wife, two children who get along with each other and impossibly adorable Labrador puppies. He is charismatic, athletic and good-looking.

Even government opponents who embraced violent tactics received positive media spin. The New York Times (2/24/14) explained that one group in the opposition stronghold of San Cristóbal, one of whom was described as “casually guarding a beer crate full of firebombs,” were “not your ordinary urban guerrillas.”

The next day (2/25/14), the same correspondent, William Neumann, reported that oppositionists “have a variety of homemade weapons—mortars to lob small, noisy explosives, miniature firebombs, slingshots, clubs and nasty-looking things called Miguelitos made from hoses festooned with nails.”

When one such armed group prepared for an assault on a National Guard post, the Times reporter remarked that “at times the whole business has the naïve feel of a boy’s adventure tale”—though it’s hard to remember the Hardy Boys ever throwing Molotov cocktails at police officers.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 5, 2014, 09:48 PM

1. The "liberal press" can be very lovely, can't it? nt

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Response to delrem (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 02:20 AM

2. It's always so comical when they screech about the "liberal press," isn't it?

Is it possible they are too stupid to know how crazy that is?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 6, 2014, 02:30 AM

3. I doubt that they think about what they say, to that extent.

There's certainly no indication.

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