Our translation of an article from telesurtv.net from Spanish follows below, with commentary and notes in [brackets] by Vince Dhimos.
I have always considered Bloomberg to be balanced and fair, mostly because they are often the only outlet reporting economic news reflecting the actual crisis surrounding the US dollar and the hopelessness of the US sovereign debt. However, yesterday it posted the opinion piece shown below the link to Bloomberg. It was based on an outrageous lie, namely, that Maduro’s re-election was irregular and unfair and one that “no serious outside observer found to be free or fair.” That was a whopper, and I could not resist writing to the author and editor to set them straight (emails: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
BEGIN MY EMAIL
“Guaido himself, actually, is the other main reason the rebellion in Venezuela is not a coup: The interim president, who is recognized by the U.S. and dozens of other nations, has democratic legitimacy. Maduro is responsible for this turn of events. In May 2018, Maduro won a so-called election that no serious outside observer found to be free or fair. His second term began on Jan. 10, which is when Venezuela’s Supreme Court in exile ruled that Maduro had exceeded his authority by staying in power after his legitimate term in office.”
This is the problem with printing only US Establishment-approved “news.”
The site linked below posted a letter from several of the international observers who actually witnessed the elections in which Maduro was re-elected. Their names appear below.
Their letter, addressed to EU foreign minister Federica Mogherini, was intended to dispel the myth that the EU had spread accusing Maduro of “irregular” elections, even though the EU refused to send observers.
We were unanimous in concluding that the elections were conducted fairly, that the election conditions were not biased, that genuine irregularities were exceptionally few and of a very minor nature.
Jeremy Fox, journalist / writer
Jospeh Farrell, Board of the Centre for Investigative Journalism
Calvin Tucker, journalist MS
Dr Francisco Dominguez, Latin American Studies, Middlesex University
END BIASED BLOOMBERG ARTICLE
As journalists writing for Bloomberg, you are supposed to report the news, not invent it. As for the editors, when you publish an irresponsible piece containing a major error, simply adding a disclaimer is not enough. If you know it is misleading your readers, don’t print it. Thanks.
Of course, the bold-face lie that no international observer attested to the legitimacy of the elections is key to the US position that Maduro is "illegitimate." If he is not illegitmate, then the US position and Guaido are illegitimate.
But Bloomberg is not the only one spreading lies about Venezuela. Señor Juan Guaidó, interim puppet in Venenzuela, told 5 lies in an interview to the press, and as a result of this man’s actions and lies yesterday, most of the news-reading world went to bed last night believing that the US and its minions in Caracas had succeeded in overthrowing the legitimate president, Nicolás Maduro, and installed a Washington puppet who would help Donald Trump help himself to Venezuela’s oil reserves in his quest to MAGA.
You realize, of course, that a puppet can never be blamed for his actions. The puppeteer pulling his strings is to blame. And this puppeteer, residing in the White House, is an accomplished liar who has taught Guaidó a trick or two. Just last week, for instance, Trump appeared before a gathering of his fans, many of whom believe that he was chosen by the Almighty, and told the crowd he had recently called the Saudi king and demanded millions of dollars as payment for protection, and had received the money. The crowd went wild. But he was clearly lying because King Salman has a bad case of dementia and has put his son in charge of the kingdom due to a serious illness that started in 2008. The fact is, Trump could never have gotten through to the king. No one in the palace would have allowed the poor man to speak, even if he could have. This is the intellectual level to which the US presidency - and the gullible public - has sunk!
So Guaidó has a good teacher and, as the translated article below shows, is following in the master’s footsteps.
5 lies by Guaidó after the attempted coup d'état
Venezuela: As on April 13, 2002, the people and the FANB made the coup attempt fail.
by Carlos Aznarez
After a day of opposition violence, the self-proclaimed opposition deputy Juan Guaidó gave a speech with some inconsistencies.
The self-proclaimed opposition deputy Juan Guaidó gave a speech on Tuesday after trying to launch a coup d'etat against the Venezuelan government.
See how the ally of the United States (USA) misrepresents the information in his speech:
"What the regime said, that it had control of the Armed Forces, is a farce."
Defense minister Vladimir Padrino López, together with the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) expressed their support for the government of Nicolás Maduro and rejected the attempt by the opposition to take power by means of violence. He described the attempted coup as a cowardly and terrorist act.
"We know that Maduro does not have the backing or respect of the Armed Forces, much less the people of Venezuela (...) They made a call to Miraflores [the presidential palace] and nobody answered."
Supporters of Chavismo concentrated in the vicinity of the Miraflores Palace (seat of the national government) to reject the coup d'état and ensure the institutionality of the country, which a small group of rebels attempted to violate.
"My thanks to the international community for their support."
By "the international community", Guaidó means the United States and right-wing governments that support the power grab by violent means. Different governments, political parties and social movements around the world have rejected the coup d'état and called for dialogue.
Likewise, the ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations (UN), Samuel Moncada, denounced the coup and asked the world to reject these actions.
"There is no possibility of a coup d'etat, unless they want to arrest me."
There is a small group of military rebels against the national government, which were neutralized by that national government. [Actually, there were 25 coup participants, who are now seeking refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Caracas. Some others, about 70, were held in custody. There are 200,000 military members who remain loyal to the government of Maduro].
The group of armed rebels did it through arms, and in turn, opposition supporters created pockets of violence in the capital.
The US, on the other hand, admitted that it supports this coup and seeks a change of government in Venezuela.
"This is another sabotage of the coup-making right wing that wants us to confront each other"
"Venezuela today has the opportunity of a peaceful rebellion."
Most of the soldiers who were initially in the Altamira distributor road were tricked into being there. The rest of the rebels were armed and besieged the La Carlota Air Base in Caracas (capital), along with violent opposition.