Stossel: Socialist Propaganda

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Starving Venezuela funds socialist propaganda for English-speakers.

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Venezuelans starve, but their government spends money on videos that blame capitalism for the world’s problems. Some Americans lap it up. “TeleSUR English” videos get millions of views on social media. But few who watch know that TeleSUR is run by tyrannical governments like Cuba and Venezuela.

“Even well-meaning people here in the United States…I see them sharing Telesur material all the time,” Fergus Hodgson, who follows TeleSUR’s propaganda, tells John Stossel.

The ridiculous propaganda videos make claims like, “Philanthropy is a scam. It allows the super rich to influence global affairs and gain political power…as if capitalism were the solution, and not the cause of world problems.”

Other videos are just basic Marxist propaganda: “Workers produce all of society’s wealth but take home just a small fraction of their labor.”

One video claims President “Trump is killing our brains with Nazi-era chemicals.”

To deceive viewers, TeleSUR hires American reporters. Abby Martin of California reports that Venezuelan supermarket shelves are fully stocked. Real news from other reporters show that people starve, and the average Venezuelan lost 24 pounds last year because of food shortages.

People should learn the truth about TeleSUR, says Hodgson. “They should know that this is a media outlet funded by…dictatorial communists. If you share the material, you’re sharing the lies of these brutal people. You’re also sharing a media outlet that is funded by taking from the very poorest of the poor.”

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