Archive for August 18th, 2005

More on the lies of The Revolution will not be televised

August 18, 2005

Below I have added in yesterday’s post
some new pictures and text now that I understand better what I was sent
and I was seeing. But since many of you may not read that post again, I
thought I would make a special post of these two pictures, which in my
mind show the unethical behavior of the two Irish cinematographers who
made “The Revolution will not be televised”. You see, they have tried
to defend themselves in interviews about the inaccuracies by saying
nobody is perfect, blah, blah, blah. But, I am now convinced that they
were hired after the fact and given the material they produced by The
Venezuelan Government. I say this, because of the lies, their claim
were here doing the taping themselves, which has proven to be another
lie and the
fact that there are like three versions of the documentary floating
around, something uncommon for a low budget documentary. This was
certainly all financed by the Venezuelan Governmet.Thus the slant.

To the point. Below you will find the same image as in the post last
night, taken from “The revolution will not be televised”. This is the
famous image that has “convinced” people abroad that there was no march
going under the Puente El Llaguno when the Chavistas were caught
shooting from that bridge. Well, as shown below, the timeline was
altered in that movie to make their point. But what is worse, and even
more unethical, is that the frame on the right below, shows the identical frame from the original
movie. But see, they are quite different, because on the left, in the
frame from “The Revolution will not be televised” the frame was
“clipped” in order to be able to make the point they wanted to make.

the top left is a frame from the movie as shown everywhere, notice the
white parallel line close to the top. However, in the original movie
which is on the right, which the makers of “X-Ray of a lie” managed to
get a hold of, the field of view is much larger. In fact, it is so much
larger that it actually shows the police water cannon vehicle that was
at the front of the march. On the right what you see is that there are two parallel
lines, corresponding to two different streets which cut across Ave.
Baralt, of which only one as shown in the Irish movie. And right there,
on the second line, sitting on the middle of the street you see the
police vehicle coveniently “dissapeared” in order to make the point in
the movie that there was no march under the bridge. Of course not!
People were seeking refuge two blocks away behind the police water
vehicle as they were being shot at from the bridge! I blow up the
second street here so you can see the shadow of the vehicle in the
middle of the street and I hope to get better pictures soon:

But I am also told, in the original movie there is a guy shooting on
the right, which was conveniently erased from the Irish movie! Goebbels
and Stalin woudl have ben proud of the ability of the Irish
cinematographers to change history!

Thus, the Irish moviemakers did not only modify the timeline,
something they could have been fooled about, but they changed the
actual field of view and erased features from the video that would have
made it impossible for them to make the point they were trying to
prove. This is beyond unethical, this is outright lying, manipulative
and shows that these people have no scruples.

Almighty Head of the CNE screws up big time!

August 18, 2005

This picture is not real, but it comes close, the whole story so
sordid and stupid that it shows what type of people are leading us
these days. It is a composite of a graph in a book written by the man
on the right Jorge Rodriguez, President of the CNE and a picture of the
public presentation of said book.

Last week, the President of the Electoral Board Jorge
Rodriguez presented “his” book on the recall referendum. That is where
the picture comes from. However, the book had a “slight” problem, it
had the pie chart shown in the figure behind him on page 118. If you
look closely, the pie chart shows the “Si”, the option to recall Chavez actually
winning (in yellow) and the “No”, the option not to redall, losing, by
exactly the opposite of the official result. The colors are even right,
with the Excel pie chart showing the red associated with Chavez”
movement. The story had been going
around for a couple of days, but after distributing hundreds of copies
of the book someone noticed the “slight” mistake and they started
getting the books back. Supposedly Chavez was enraged that this could
even happen and he demanded that all copies of the book be collected.
Newspaper “El Nuevo Pais” got as hold of the copy and today published
this composition of the pie chart and the presentation to really drive the
point home.

Now, if you asked me, I would have said this was the work of a
“mano peluda”
(hairy hand), the term used here in Venezuela when somebody quietly
plays such a dirty trick on someone. However, as a friend just pointed
out to me the ersults shown are not exactly the inverse of the results
of the recall vote, but are actually different. This rules out putting
the blame on the printer, like both the Head of the CNE and a Chavista leader have intended
to do today. This is not a printing error, the data is simply worng,
so, at least, it left the CNE like that. The official results of
the recall vote by the CNE are shown here, which leads you to wonder where the data even came from? Dirty trick or secret message?

But the point is also that the book
should have never been distributed with errors, coming on top of
that from an institution that has been questioned by its superficiality
and imprecision in the last few months, while it has always been
claimed to be doing a good job. The book should have been profread, the
same way that election results should be checked for consistency. But
even the data on the CNE website from the
local elections two weeks was posted with the wrong numbers, but nobody
noticed for days at that badly run institution. Can we even trust them
if they rae not cheating? I am not so sure.

But the story gets worse, it just turns out that this book which was
presented as a book by Jorge Rodriguez and not an institutional book,
was actually, completely financed by the CNE,
as was its public presentation, with the single approval of its high
handed Presidentt. This should not be very surprising, given that he
has chosen
electoral systems worth hundreds of millions of dollars and approved
their purchase in the past, much like he did not allow anyone into the
computer room where the recall votes were counted last year and he
the law regularly as he pleases, despite being a shrink and not a
lawyer. Such is the state of independent
institutions in Venezuela today, run by individuals servile to the
President who act with arrogance, without any scruples and only
superficially check even their own work, as long as the final result
fits their
purpose. Except that in this case, it didn’t!