Jay Posted December 11, 2006 Share Posted December 11, 2006 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061210/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/us_chileThe White House on Sunday marked the death of former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet by calling his rule a "difficult period" and commending the country for establishing a free society. "Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship in Chile represented one of the most difficult periods in that nation's history," said White House spokesman Tony Fratto. "Our thoughts today are with the victims of his reign and their families. We commend the people of Chile for building a society based on freedom, the rule of law and respect for human rights." Pinochet terrorized his opponents for 17 years after taking power in a bloody coup. His death put an end to a decade of intensifying efforts to bring him to trial for human rights abuses blamed on his regime. He was 91. Pinochet died with his family at his side at the Santiago Military Hospital on Sunday, a week after suffering a heart attack. What is conveniently omitted is that the US overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvador Allende, and installed this right-wing murderer Pinochet, much the same as they did in nation after nation across the Third World resulting in the deaths of millions of people. A big business controlled media is actually worse (if you like democracy) than a state controlled media in that it's a little less obvious. I have enjoyed the Bush junta though as it's made this media bias a bit more obvious to all but the most dense or apathetic. This article is a fine example. Usually bias is a simple matter of omitting certain facts. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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