A holiday mistery: the case of Chavez’s phantom anti-semite Christmas remarks and a curious ghost blogger.

December 28, 2005

Scanning Venezuelan news and blogs, your favorite ghost blogger* *was
alerted by this article about Chavista anti-semitism, written by Alex
Beech

I learned that the President was reported saying the following:

Christmas is Christ rebellious, revolutionary, socialist and the
descendants of those that crucified Christ have taken ownership of the
wealth of the world, and they have concentrated it in a small number of
hands.

The remarks appeared on December 25 in Noticiero Digital , quoted from
the minute to minute section of El Nacional. Now, if the reader goes
to the link where it appeared, the news have been replaced by todays minuto a
minuto news. I even checked Dec 26^th El Nacional editorial (page A6)
that mentioned the Christmas message, but found nothing about anti-semitism.

Annoyed by the lack of a formal referral link and puzzled by the
editorial, I started digging the official sources:

VTV, ABN ,MINCI ,RNV and Aporrea :

They all reported a Chavista-Christian message of love and peace, and
even (see RNV, Aporrea) wrote verbatim the sentence about Christ being
rebellious, revolutionary and socialist, but nothing about any
descendants of those that crucified Christ.

I then checked El Universal:and,
strangely, the news was cited directly from Agencia Bolivariana de
Noticias (ABN).

I even went to the Alo Presidente site, and there was nothing about the latest
Chavezs comments.

Finally thanks to Google, I was able to dig this link from a Chilean site:

Also thanks to Google, I got the magnificent cache from El Nacional
that I am pasting at the end.

So, what happened? Was Chavez misquoted? Or is there a collusion of
official information sites trying to clean the damaging remarks? What
about the other Venezuelan private media? Why are they not reporting or
just reporting the ABN version? Why El Nacional did not emphasize in
their editorial the anti-semite message that was previously reported? Is
this the effect of the muzzle law? Or is everybody on vacation?

Reporting from cyberspace,

Jorge Arena

Favorite ghost blogger.

http://www.arenaspace.blogspot.com

*Internacionales*
*Presidente Chvez asegura **que**
“an tenemos mucha pobreza”*

El presidente Hugo Chvez reconoci la tarde de este 24 de diciembre
*que* aunque su gobierno ha logrado cosas, todava tenemos mucha
pobreza y pidi a sus funcionarios centrar su atencin all.

Dijo *que* para combatir la miseria ser lanzada formalmente el prximo
14 de enero la “Misin Negra Hiplita” y adelant *que*, como parte del
programa, en cada barrio se formarn comits de proteccin social.

Tiene ocho lneas de accin: primero *los* nios en situacin de calle,
luego *los* adultos en situacin de exclusin extrema, las adolescentes
y adultas embarazadas en situacin de pobreza, la prevencin y atencin
al consumo de drogas, la atencin al desarrollo de comunidades
indgenas, la atencin a la familia en situacin de riesgo, la atencin
a personas con discapacidad y la promocin de la participacin popular,
detall.

Las afirmaciones las realiz al finalizar un recorrido *que* hizo en el
Centro de Desarrollo Endgeno Integral Humano “Manantial de *los*
Sueos”, ubicado en el estado Miranda, donde se recuperan 160 personas
de la indigencia.

En el lugar, y con motivo de la Navidad, seal *que* “*Cristo* debe
vivir en nosotros”. “Hoy est ms vivo *que* nunca (…) La Navidad es
*Cristo* rebelde, revolucionario, socialista”, refiri. Para Chvez
*los* *descendientes* de *los* *que* *crucificaron* a *Cristo* se
aduearon de las riquezas del mundo y las han concentrado en pocas manos.

Se declar decidido a cambiar la historia y asever *que* cada da lo
acompaan “ms cantidad de jefes de estado y lderes en esa lucha.
Estima *que* la cosa ms grande *que* ha hecho su gobierno es
libertar a nuestra patria del dominio norteamericano y de la oligarqua
criolla.

*EC/el-nacional.com*

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