Even though the #independentmedia community in the West is diverse, there are often some common themes that unite #alternativemedia outlets from different sides of the political spectrum. Common among these unifying forces is a criticism of the U.S. imperial #warmachine and U.S. efforts – both covert and direct – to subject governments throughout the world to #regimechange, often for simply conflicting with the U.S.’ “national interest.” This has held true for independent media coverage of U.S.-led regime change efforts in countries like #Iraq, #Libya, #Ukraine and #Syria, where the reporting of most alternative media outlets has brought them into direct conflict with #mainstreammedia, government-approved narratives. However, for several conservative-leaning independent media outlets, there is one glaring exception: #Venezuela.
While some more left-leaning independent media sites have acknowledged the U.S.’ role in the destabilization of oil-rich Venezuela and its multi-million dollar funding of the political opposition, some on the more conservative side – such as #ZeroHedge, #InfoWars and #WeAreChange – have often ignored this outright or only mentioned it as a mere afterthought.
Instead they have chosen to embrace the mainstream media narrative supportive of U.S.-backed regime change in Venezuela, painting the current government of Venezuela as a #dictatorship and the sole party responsible for the country’s current crisis, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
For any student of U.S.-led regime change efforts, Venezuela’s current situation has the hallmarks of previous scenarios: lucrative resources, a history of U.S.-backed #coup attempts, U.S.-led economic sabotage and a U.S.-funded political opposition.
Venezuela, which has the largest oil reserves in the world, found itself in the crosshairs of the US corporate empire as soon as its people rejected the U.S.-allied oligarchical government by electing #socialist President #HugoChávez in 1999. Chávez then began implementing policies that put the Venezuelan people ahead of #American business interests that sought to exploit the nation’s resources. 🖐🏾More in comments👇🏾