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With the ownership of the global media in the hands of a powerful few, the spreading of untruths to shape opinion is becoming the norm.
BELIEVE only half of what you see and nothing that you hear, wrote poet Allan Edgar Poe 167 years ago.
It’s still valid today and more so in our world of instant digital news and social media.
With the ownership of the global media in the hands of a powerful few, influencing the choice and shape of stories has become a lot easier.
The impression given was that Hugo Chavez was losing against opposition candidate Henrique Capriles Radonski or that it was a “close fight”.
The Washington Post wrote: “Weakened from battling cancer and visibly bloated, Chavez is fighting for his political life in Sunday’s presidential election, as he faces a charismatic challenger who has energised a once-disunited opposition in a way none of the populist leader’s foes ever has.”