Fox News Misrepresents Venezuelan Protests Amid Increasing Tensions
Venezuela Protest - Carlos Becerra Amnesty International
(Last Updated On: May 23, 2017)

Fox News recently published an article detailing the protests taking place in Venezuela at the moment. The article is titled “Venezuelan protests propelled mostly by dropout students who can’t afford college”. It went live on May 22nd, 2017.

The article recounts how civil unrest has struck a chord at the heart of Venezuela amid the food shortages, inadequate medical supplies, and job loss.

Protests kicked up after the socialist regime headed up by President Nicolás Maduro took things a step too far – or rather, too close to an autocracy – when the Supreme Tribunal of Justice took over legislative powers, and attempted to squash the opposition by restricting immunity and jailing the more extreme members of the opposing party, as reported by CNS News.

What the Fox News article doesn’t recount is how they managed to come to the conclusion that led to their current headline. Nowhere in the article do they cite proper estimates, statistics or surveys to reach the conclusion proposed in the headline: that the protests are “mostly” from college dropouts.

In fact, the article on Fox News spans coverage on the topic from a wide range of different views and individuals, each from different social classes protesting for different reasons: from musicians to kids,   to senior citizens, and everyone else in between. Each have taken to the streets in hopes of getting the opportunity to change the ruling party’s mind and hold an election in order to oust President Maduro.

Fox’s headline could easily mislead people into thinking that the protests taking place are just from angry kids or slackers who can’t afford college. It almost paints the picture of an Occupy Wall Street-esque movement.

Nevertheless, one Imgur user going by the handle of IneverCommentButWhenIdo has been posting up photo galleries daily of the plight that the people of Venezuela are suffering under the current conditions of the ruling party. The images and personal commentary reveal that everyone from students and youth to the elderly and medical professionals are out protesting… even when standing in the face of violence.

This isn’t to say that students aren’t protesting… because many are, due to what’s mentioned in the Fox News article about high tuition costs. Thus students are forced to vacate their opportunities for higher education while dealing with the tumult political unrest. The police have carted off some of the male youth in trucks to clear the streets, while others are whisked away via motorcycle.

Consistently Venezuelans have been slowly making it known just how bad things are by posting about their own personal stories across social media. The individual who took some of the photos above has been detailing the degradation of Venezuela’s civil infrastructure as death tolls mount, murder counts rise, and basic amenities in life are dwindling for citizens.

Sites like BBC News have attempted to paint the picture as more of a violent outcropping of individuals simply opposed to the government, giving more testimony, time and quotes to the powers that be.

Almost identical to #GamerGate, it’s difficult for some of the people with feet on the ground to have their say broadcast to the wider public due to media misrepresentation or being completely ignored. In fact, in certain threads on Reddit where the issue could be broadcast more widely to those who might be interested in the subject matter, Venezuelans are finding themselves sinking in the quicksand of censorship.

A post on Reddit recounts how the Socialism sub-Reddit has banned people from Venezuela from discussing their country in the forum due to claims of “brigading”. Many Venezuelans wishing to speak about the topic have very little good to say about socialism under President Maduro’s reign. Facing off against impossible tuition, rapidly rising inflation, exorbitant crime rates, and food shortages, it’s easy to see why so many have become outspoken and angry at their current predicament.

According to Telesur, they claim that socialism isn’t to blame for the food shortages and starvation taking place in Venezuela. They claim that the biggest issue is the right-wing opposition party who has been puppeteering and machinating their way into creating the food shortage crisis in order to manufacture anger toward the socialist ruling party.

Telesur claims that the U.S., right-wing establishments are helping the opposition party in Venezuela establish a plutocracy, all while the media blames socialism for Venezuela’s ails.

Telesur doesn’t address the disgruntlement from citizens who are protesting against the current socialist party in power.

Regardless, some Venezuelans feel as if the world is crumbling down around their ears while no one will properly report on or convey the decay chipping away at their beloved country. The reports are surfacing, but much like every other hot topic in the media, there’s a lot of noise and narrative muddling the picture. Meanwhile Venezuelans can do nothing but protest while the country that houses them slowly burns to the ground under a dictatorship calling itself socialism.

(Images courtesy of IneverCommentButWhenIdo)

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  • Mr.Towel

    Way to jump the shark.

    Because I’m against socialism, I must be an anarcho-capitalist, don’t I?

    You know, this black and white thinking is what destroys political debates today.

    For your information, no, I’m not an anarcho-capitalist. Even though I do believe Ludwig Von Mises is one of the best economists that ever lived(and his master, Eugen Böhm Ritter von Bawerk, also has the most beautiful destruction of a marxist economy), the libertarian cult that followed his works is not my cup of tea. Africa is the very example of how praxeology itself undermines libertarian ideology, since the will of a group of individuals can be self-destructive. That’s how cultures fall. Economy is a segment of culture, not the other way around.

    • Souppilgrim

      Good reply, but I don’t know how you can overlook Mises hostility to math.

      • Mr.Towel

        Good reply as well.

        I don’t overlook it but I understand where he is coming from. He doesn’t hate math or believe it’s useless. That’s not his point (his works on currency value and credit expansion much disprove that). His point was that the theoretical world of formulas can be very blinding for an economist, obfuscating how stuff really works.

        In Economy, math is the domain of smaller portions of the economy, “micro” economy or the fractals of the Economy if you will. It’s the job of Accountants and their excel sheets. Mises was on about to remove the formulas and understand the economy as system in itself, as ecosystem, the “macro” economy, the economy of a nation as a whole. It’s the principles, the abstractions, that come before the formulas, pretty much like the works of the first economists, who were mostly about the comprehension of abstract concepts rather than formulas (Supply and Demand, Division of Labor, “invisible” hand, even Marx’s own Surplus Value, are all abstracts understanding of economy, not mathematical formulas).

        Rothbard was more about the formulas and, as good economist as Rothbard is, I believe he fell for the very same hole Mises warned about: the focus on theoretical formulas can obfuscate the comprehension of practical reality. Specially if you don’t account the weird human behavior, which isn’t logical at all.

  • ChaosBahamut

    Far as I’m concerned, there’s no appreciable difference between socialism and communism.

    Sooner or later, the dictator’s absolute power WILL go to his head and things WILL go to hell.

  • Dave The Sandman

    According to my sources in the left leaning media its all the fault of:
    1) Donald Trump
    2) Nigel Farage
    3) Brexit Voters
    4) 4 chan
    5) Alt Right
    6) Vlad Putin
    7) Moon Nazis



    • You forgot #GamerGate… I can’t believe you forgot #GamerGate.

      • Alistair

        8) #GamerGate

        9) this is no nine as we regressions are pure as snow.

        There you go fixed it all our shitords fault.

  • Muten

    Estamos protestando por muchas cosas.

    Media misrepresentation from foreign outlets is not such a big deal, misrepresentation inside our country, from venezuelan media tho, thats the real bitch.

  • AlecJ

    Socialism– and all leftist collectivist ideologies always end the same way.

    I feel for these folks, but the majority did nothing while Chavez destroyed their economy and nation. They bought into the socialist rhetoric and were happy to sell their freedoms for a few govt hand outs.

    Now they are paying the price…..its terrible…..its brutal….

    but how many countries…including the US are strolling right down that same road…

    Every single time….its the same results.

    But hey….women get free birth control so its cool.

  • durka durka

    In the EU parliament radical left parties choose to vote against condemning the regime and the argument was that all those attacks are caused by “right wing” individuals opposed to the government.

    All those radical left groups go hand in hand with communists, authoritarian regimes and antifa/anarchists.

    Their goal is the destruction of the west, they dont care about the truth or the making sure people live better and free as they claim, they want to be in charge because they are all deeply disturbed messed up in the head losers who cant do anything right, so on the basis that they are doing whats good for everyone and that they are moral, they want to be the biggest fascists and control everything. Law, news, education the truth.

  • Disqusted

    I keep hearing various mainstream media, as well as random people, making up complete bullshit reasons as to why Venezuela is collapsing. Sometimes people use footage from the Venezuelan protests and claim it’s people protesting Trump.

    Good examples of why people should never trust what they hear from the mainstream fake news media, or random untrustworthy sources, or even friends who rely on the former two. I think most people fall for the latter.

    I’ve always heard really terrible things about Fox News. It seems like they have a few people on there who aren’t full of shit, but that doesn’t mean the rest of them aren’t full of shit. All news sites/networks/whatever like to mix in some facts along with all the bullshit. Makes the bullshit easier to swallow.

    • durka durka

      ” It seems like they have a few people on there who aren’t full of shit,
      “but that doesn’t mean the rest of the stuff on there is trustworthy.”

      and vice vera.

      “All news sites/networks/whatever like to mix some facts along with bullshit. Makes the bullshit easier to swallow.”

      Exactly finally you got it.

    • It’s getting scary because if you don’t have boots on the ground it’s hard to verify what’s true or not. You can only go by what the media says.

  • Gozu Tennoh

    This could be what america looks like this summer except they’ve all got guns.

    If it does happen guys, make sure you do the liberal politicians first.

    • Disqusted

      I heard the Obama administration basically set things up for martial law. They’re trying to divide people and create conflict, seemingly for the purpose of creating a civil war, for whatever reason. It may just be Soros betting against the collapse of America. That shit is his hobby.

      • Gozu Tennoh

        Are you over there? Do you have a plan if it all goes wild?

        Baffles me how soros hasnt caught a bullet yet for the things he’s done.

  • Souppilgrim

    Came for the edgelord YA readers to spout libertarian nonsense about scary socialism.

    • Mr.Towel

      Whatever floats your boat man. Just be sure you don’t choke on “not real socialism” dick, or the “capitalist propaganda” cum.

      The salt is free.

    • Disqusted

      I came for Alexia. An organization hired me to capture her.

    • durka durka

      Man look at Greece, Greece went to shit because of socialism.

      Socialism isnt scary, its a PC monster that prevents good people from doing what must be done on the basis of ethical mistakes. Also it is always backed by corruption, it is always suprising how those “socialists” leaders end up having billions in offshore banks.

    • Wake up and realize this is a corruption issue, not an ideological one. It very well could have been a capitalist regime and still nosedive the economy. Look at what happened when Bush Jr. was in office.

  • V_for_Vodka

    [Autistic screeching about “B-b-but guys, this isn’t real socialism!” in the distance]

    • durka durka

      Man the funny thing is that all those “socialist” parties, aka radical left partie are supporting him claiming its the far right that is creating all those riots.

  • LurkerJK

    Venezuela was able to do the socialism thing for a long time because of the sky high price of oil but they invested NOTHING for the future, everything was burned in the socialism bonfire (and lining some pockets) so when the oil prices drop they found out the results of putting all the eggs in the same basket

    Its funny to hear ppl saying these protests are being created by conservatives in other countries, or Trump, or the elusive Brexit eldrich abomination. Here is a question, When was the last time you heard of the average weight of a country going DOWN ? these ppl are being STARVED, i was honestly surprised this did not happen years ago

    In my country the media (many of which defended the Venezuela pseudo-dictators in the past) has chosen to just not cover the events, they barely even mention something when someone dies and thats it (i imagine because the government side is impossible to defend while they destroy the little democracy the country had left)

    btw i think most ppl overestimate how much money is stolen by corruption and underestimate how inefficient these governments are, they might waste 100 millions to hide the 1mill they took under the table or set 100 mill on fire to virtue signal greenpeace and get some brownie points for when they do some shit later, the wasting of money without any limits is a much worse problem than just plain taking the money

    • Mr.Towel

      Samething here in Brazil. You have to recur to blogs about people who are from there or go there to get the real news. And every time it gets sadder and sadder. Last I saw, it was pretty much Cuba 2.0 . People had to take veterinary drugs for their ailments and prostitution went sky high, for things as small as food.

      • LurkerJK

        Yeah, Cuba is definitely the direction they are going if the government remains as it is, (meanwhile Cuba is doing everything they can to leave the stagnant hellhole they made for themselves)

      • Gozu Tennoh

        I’ve got a brazilian friend who said that the police are so corrupt over there that his dad wrote his will out before going back to get the police pension he was owed unblocked and sent.

        Explained he might not be coming back to his familiy over a damn pension.

        • Mr.Towel

          Banana republics are pretty much like this. Either you have friends in high places or you’ll make friends in low places, six feet down under.

  • Bitterbear

    Fox News has been slowly turning into another liberal media outlet for a while now. Hence the strong dip in ratings for the first time in 17 years.

    • durka durka

      Funny the left sees the opposite that everyone is turning conservative to cover Trump better. Its like everyone is missing the point. When i hear people in the news saying “Trump is good now he sounds more presidential” this is the point that i figure out everyone is either sold out or missing the point.

      I think the dip in ratings has to do with the fact that mostly old people watch it…and they slowly die off.

  • John27

    MSNBC blamed Donald Trump for the Venezuela protests.

    • durka durka

      To be fair Trump is ‘cucked by the globalists” as you would say. Going to saudi Arabia and selling them weapons….by all means mister anti muslim terrorim, fund those who created isis.