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New York Prof Compares Trump to Hugo Chavez and FOX News to Venezuelan Press

New York Prof Compares Trump to Hugo Chavez and FOX News to Venezuelan Press

“In an interview published by the college”

For the left, the Obama presidency and all of the slobbering media that went with it, never happened.

Campus Reform reports:

Prof compares Trump to Hugo Chavez, Venuzualan press to Fox News

A New York anthropology professor said that President Donald Trump’s attitude toward the press is much like that which Hugo Chavez had toward the Venezuelan press, and asserted that the practices of Fox News mirror those of the Venezuelan press during the dictator’s rule.

Union College Assistant Professor Robert Samet recently released a book, titled Deadline: Populism and the Press in Venezuela, in which he argued that “Venezuela’s punitive turn was not the product of a dictatorship,” but instead of “practices and institutions normally associated with democracy.”

In an interview published by the college, Samet relates the political charge of Venezuelan media to Fox News and compares Trump to Hugo Chavez.

Samet says he was driven to write the book by his interest in “the relationship between journalism, democracy, and political mobilization.”

The professor argues that the demise of Venezuela can be in part attributed to the “danger of populism” and “specific practices that fuel populist mobilization.”

“There is no question that crime was a severe problem in Venezuela. Instead of trying to solve the problem, Venezuela’s opposition—figures like Leopoldo López and Juan Guaidó—used the media to mobilize dissent against the government of President Hugo Chávez,” Samet explains.

Samet then compares Trump’s treatment of the American media to Chavez’s treatment of Venezuelan media, saying the two “drew on a similar repertoire of rhetorical tactics.”

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Comments

BerettaTomcat | August 3, 2019 at 12:12 pm

Obviously a disciple of Franz Boas’s school of anthropology in which truth and empiricism are verboten.

How many members of the press has Trump arrested. Actually, Obama was worse to the media than Trump. Check out what he did to James Rosen.

2smartforlibs | August 3, 2019 at 12:47 pm

I can say this clown is comparable to Josef Mengele too. Doesn’t make it a fact just proves whos bum hurt.

A New York anthropology professor said that President Donald Trump’s attitude toward the press is much like that which Hugo Chavez had toward the Venezuelan press

Hmmm. Did the Venezuelan press specialize in “fake news”? if not, the parallels will be somewhere between weak and entirely imaginary.

The professor argues that the demise of Venezuela can be in part attributed to the “danger of populism” and “specific practices that fuel populist mobilization.”

Could be . . . if by “specific practices that fuel populist mobilization” he means government overspending far beyond the treasury’s means. Buying votes wholesale ends in one place—national bankruptcy and financial ruin.

    Firewatch in reply to tom_swift. | August 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    If this fool is a professor I must be a frickin rocket scientist and my wife was confine I am no where near to a rocket scientist unless one moves in next door.

So Trump is a Castro-style communist worshiped as a god by academia, Hollywood and the American media. Wow. Who knew?

Press, academia, Hollywood: “Chavez is a god, socialismo will save the people of Venezuela and end inequality!”

Trump: “Chavez and now Maduro have ruined the country and made it a shithole.”

Press, academia, Hollywood: “No, capitalism (and US sanctions and racism) ruined Venezuela. Trump must be stopped!”

Trump: “No, Chavez and Maduro have ruined the country’s economy with socialism” (America starts to notice socialism ruined Venezuela)

What does the press do? With US economy going in a 180 degree direction from Venezuela and with a press that opposes Trump every hour of every day?

Press, academia, Hollywood: “No, lack of a free press that opposed a nationalist president ruined Venezuela and its economy! Trump is a nationalist who must be stopped before its too late for America!”

I couldn’t make up an excuse that bad if I tried.

BerettaTomcat | August 3, 2019 at 2:10 pm

This pseudoprof has no concept of Populism or what fosters it. Under Mitchell’s paradigm in his “Eight Ways to Run the Country,” Populism is a moderating reaction against extremism:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/02/Mitchell%27s_Eight_Ways.png/220px-Mitchell%27s_Eight_Ways.png

In Trump’s case, the GOPe had abandoned Reagan’s Paleoconservatism for the Bushes’ Neoconservatism. Combined with the Democrats’ Progressivism, the nation took a definite Communitarian direction under Obamunism. Trump’s Populism is nowhere near extreme, but simply a moderation against Communitarianism that promotes our founding principles now rooted in Individualism, Paleolibertarianism, and Paleconservatism.

For a Populist uprising to succeed, such as Trump’s, the ruling elite must be guilty of extremism. Trump is just the potential remedy to extreme Communitarianism.

The more I hear idiots flap their gums, the more valuable a computer-based education has become. Information without all the BS!!!

Memo for Professor Robert Samet:

So…when did you overcredentialed knuckleheads start thinking Chavismo was a BAD thing?

Has Ward Churchill found a new job under another name?

A New York anthropology professor said that President Donald Trump’s attitude toward the press is much like that which Hugo Chavez had toward the Venezuelan press.

Here is what Chavez DID. Chavez had the power to pre-empt all radio and TV broadcasting with a Cadena (Chain) where all radio and TV boradcasting stations switched to broadcasting Chavez. Ditto Maduro.
In 2007, Chavez stopped opposition RCTV by not renewing its broadcasting license, after 53 years. Chávez silences critical TV station – and robs the people of their soaps. (RCTV Cable was shut down in 2010.)

At midnight on May 27 (2007), however, RCTV will be stopped. Its bleak bulletins silenced because the government is refusing to renew its broadcast licence. Critics say an authoritarian hammer is crushing free speech and what is left of Venezuela’s democracy. Supporters say the government is right to replace a channel notorious for lies, manipulation and anti-Chávez propaganda.

Has Trump done the same? I think not.

From Samet’s book:

It was the press and not crime that drew me to Caracas. When I began this project in 2007, Venezuela had the most diverse, politically dynamic media ecology in the Western Hemisphere. It had a powereful private press, an expanding state press, and a vigorous community media project, all of which spanned the print, broadcast, and (later) digital spectrum…

Television channels such as Globovision and RCTV and newspapers such as El Nacional took on the functions of political parties, and they hammered home a litany of problems, among them crime and insecurity.

Yet he makes no mention about RCTV’s broadcasts stopping in May 2007.

The Friendly Grizzly | August 3, 2019 at 5:26 pm

PosrLiberal: I recall the Nixon Administration wanting an FCC mandate that television sets (possibly radios; I don’t remember) have circuits to switch sets over to a channel where the
He could address the nation, and the channel could not be changed.

I don’t buy into conspiracy stories generally, but it was under discussion. It never went anywhere.

Hey asst prof, move to Venezuela and make it better. Shouldn’t be a problem for someone of your intellectual abilities and undeniable talents.

Wait, I’m confuzzled. Aren’t Chavez and Venezuela supposed to be good? If he’s calling Trump a communist, isn’t he praising him?

JackinSilverSpring | August 4, 2019 at 8:36 am

“Professor” Samet is a poster boy for why colleges are no place to get a college education.

Capitalist Infidel | August 4, 2019 at 3:05 pm

I didn’t realize Venezuela’s press was a democrat super pac too

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