Shot: Three-ring circuses get a bad rap, which is Why I don’t watch debates, 5.0.
Read my post here.
Chaser: WHAT IS TELEMUNDO RUNNING FOR?
Both the government and the opposition have demonstrations scheduled today. From prison, Leopoldo López Venezuela protest leader, urges resistance [while] Government minister warns of cut in fuel supply to areas under ‘fascist attack
WSJ: Venezuela Youth Drive Protests Against ‘Chavismo’
Students and recent graduates form the backbone of an increasingly raucous movement that has become the most formidable challenge President Nicolás Maduro has faced since taking office last April.
Six people have been shot dead since Feb. 12 from the ranks of a surging opposition movement.
Telegraph: Venezuelan President blames media for broadcasting hate
President Nicolas Maduro accuses the international media of distorting the situation in Venezuela, making it seem it is on the verge of civil war
BBC: Venezuela’s Maduro seeks Obama talks
Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro invites US President Barack Obama to join him in talks aimed at resolving the problems between the two countries. That’s after he expelled consular workers, that is.
Caracas Chronicles: Gocho Uprising Update
San Cristóbal, where the protest movement started, remains an extreme outlier in the current crisis, with many residential neighborhoods essentially out of the control of the government.
Capitol Hill Cubans: Answering The Economist’s Question on Venezuela
Hot Air: Quotes of the day
I’ll be on Da Tech Guy’s radio show at noon today talking about Venezuela.
Alek Boyd writes,
As our glorious student movement stays out in the street, to be joined today by hundreds of thousands, I would like to ask for your attention. Today is a significant day in the road to recover a semblance of democracy in Venezuela. Maduro, ill advised and desperate as he is, could well be in a double-down-let’s-wrap-this-thing-today mood. It is crucial, to those working the diplomatic lines today, to make him and his faction understand that a retreat with safety guarantees is always more appealing than jail. Ditto with Diosdado Cabello and his lot. They fear, naturally, the cost of not having power and the immunity that provides, and so amnesty must be part of the bargain. They are cornered and they know it, but let cool heads prevail at this time. Venezuela does not deserve another death, nor another day of mismanagement in the name of an utterly failed model.
Instapundit: IN ROME, MARCHING IN SYMPATHY WITH VENEZUELANS
Maduro backtracks, maybe: Venezuela says CNN can stay, a day after saying ‘get out’
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Now: Eliot Spitzer is a host on a CNN show.
Then: CNNers Derided Eliot Spitzer as a ‘Self-Righteous,’ ‘Holier-than-Thou’ ‘Narcissist’ with ‘No Remorse’
Rich Noyes has a video collection:
Is the honeymoon over? Anderson Cooper’s not happy:
White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill
COOPER: So, this is the exact same logic that federal wildlife officials used to prevent CNN on two occasions from getting pictures of oiled birds that have been collected, pictures like — like the — well, that we’re about to show you which are obviously deeply disturbing, pictures of oiled gulls that we just happened to catch. Suddenly, we were told after — after that day we couldn’t catch it anymore. So, keeping prying eyes out of marshes, away from booms, off the beaches is now government policy.
When asked why now, after all this time, Thad Allen said he had gotten some complaints from local officials worried people might get hurt. Now, we don’t know who these officials are. We would like to. But transparency is apparently not a high priority with Thad Allen either these days.
Maybe he is accurate and some officials are concerned. And that’s their right. But we’ve heard far more from local officials about not being able to get a straight story from the government or BP. I have met countless local officials desperate for pictures to be taken and stories written about what is happening in their communities.
We’re not the enemy here. Those of us down here trying to accurately show what’s happening, we are not the enemy. I have not heard about any journalist who has disrupted relief efforts. No journalist wants to be seen as having slowed down the cleanup or made things worse. If a Coast Guard official asked me to move, I would move.
But to create a blanket rule that everyone has to stay 65 feet away boom and boats, that doesn’t sound like transparency. Frankly, it’s a lot like in Katrina when they tried to make it impossible to see recovery efforts of people who died in their homes.
If we can’t show what is happening, warts and all, no one will see what’s happening. And that makes it very easy to hide failure and hide incompetence and makes it very hard to highlight the hard work of cleanup crews and the Coast Guard. We are not the enemy here.
We found out today two public broadcasting journalists reporting on health issues say they have been blocked again and again from visiting a federal mobile medical unit in Venice, a trailer where cleanup workers are being treated. It’s known locally as the BP compound. And these two reporters say everyone they have talked to, from BP to the Coast Guard, to Health and Human Services in Washington has been giving them the runaround.
We’re not talking about a CIA station here. We’re talking about a medical trailer that falls under the authority of, guess who, Thad Allen, the same Thad Allen who promised transparency all those weeks ago.
We are not the enemy here.
Notice how carefully Anderson blames Thad Allen, instead of the Obama administration – the same administration that has pushed massive legislation by saying “you have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.” Never mind that the Dems don’t want the Reps to visit the disaster zone.
Cubachi has the video:
Ed Driscoll notes,
Hope and/or change in action: CNN, which first cooed over Rev. Wright and then banished him down the infamous “Wright-Free Zone” memory hole within one week’s time during the election in 2008, and then literally baked a cake to display on the air to celebrate the first anniversary of the Obama-”stimulus” plan, is now complaining about the Obaministration’s attempts to block media access to the BP spill.
Or, more succinctly, It’s Hard To Talk When You’re Sandbagging CNN.
Meanwhile, Jim Hoft has a list of the Obama administration’s incompetence and lies. Check it out.
Those of us who watch Spanish-language media are used to seeing reports where the gansta/punk/hardened criminal commits a heinous crime and the reporter never fails to include an interview with the perpetrator’s crying mom, who never fails to say he couldn’t have done it because, “he’s such a good son.”
Well, CNN is going one better. Now they interviewed the mom of Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, New Jersey, who got busted on his way to join Somali jihadists. Mo’s mom apparently didn’t say much about what a good son he is, but she sure attested to his stupidity – and his anger management issues:
“Anything makes him angry. But he’s not a terrorist; he’s a stupid kid,” Nadia Alessa said of her U.S.-born son, Mahmood.
“Since I saw him, I warned my son and Carlos,” Nadia Alessa said. “But my son say ‘Always you say about my friends they are undercover.’ “
Nice mom, isn’t she? She doesn’t seem to have been too bothered as to whether Mo was a jihadist, she was just concerned as to whether undercover FBI agents were after him.
Robert Spencer speculates on whether this is a new twist on the insanity defense:
Now there’s a twist on the “Decent Fellows” canard. One might call it a variation on the oft-used “insanity” defense. Of course, it stands to reason she’ll make any excuse to believe, or at least to make others believe, that this has nothing to do with Islam.
And few will consider the chance that he’s actually quite crafty, or perhaps, that he’s both a jihadist and dumber than a bag of hammers as well. The important thing is, he’s a jihadist.
And mom wasn’t worried about that?