Yesterday, February 23rd, 2019 was a day that’ll definitely go down in the history books, at least it will for the people that follow these situations and report on them heavily. For many of us, it’s the first time we’ve ever witnessed a situation like this, and for some of us, this is something that they know all to well.
When talking about a dictator like Nicolas Maduro, there’s a lot of factors that come into play, and one of those things is the horrible rotten thing that is propaganda. When reporting on a crisis like what’s going on in Venezuela, a lot of propaganda is spread around. If you’ve ever played Just Cause 3, a lot of this will ring a bell in your head. Propaganda is all too real when you look at South America specifically.
Unfortunately I myself have fallen victim to some of the propaganda that was being spread around yesterday, especially when it came to the discussion of a few of the humanitarian aid trucks being set aflame on one of the bridges leading into Venezuela through Colombia. And for that I’d like to apologize. At the time I believed and many others believed that the trucks were set aflame purposely by Maduro and his people that were on the bridge.
But, according to some research done by the wonderful ConflictsW it’d appear that the trucks were set aflame accidentally by a protester armed with a molotov. The protester threw the molotov and it clipped a truck and broke up, setting the truck on fire. At the time it definitely looked as if Maduro’s forces along the bridge would’ve done this, but after research done, that’s not true.
I’ve never been shy in showing my support of Juan Guaido, as I thoroughly believe he’s going to be a good leader in the future for the country. And I sure as hell do not support anyone that leads a dictatorship and especially someone that leads their country down the wrong path, as Maduro has done with Venezuela for quite some time.
However I definitely think that unbiased news reporting is something that is very important when reporting on things happening anywhere in the world, especially in a vulnerable area like Venezuela.
The violent and toxic nature that some people in the region take has already caused us to lose one of the major reporters for the country (ConflictsW). The truth is something that unfortunately a lot of people cannot handle and it’s caused us to lose someone very important for the region.
I apologize for getting some of this stuff wrong, this is something that I know I cannot do, and something that I vow to make sure doesn’t happen again. If you ever see something that I post and you believe it’s wrong please let me know, and offer some sort of proof as to why it’s wrong and I’ll make sure I handle it promptly and fairly.
I’m not in this to spread propaganda, and falsify things on purpose. But, unfortunately in the crazy world of OSINT and amateur news reporting this is something that tends to happen sometimes.
I’d like to thank the influx of people that have decided to come over to my account during the whole thing for deciding that I’m someone you want to get your news from, it means a lot to me. When I started doing this over a year ago I never pictured my account growing to the levels it’s grown to, this is something that I’d have never imagined even in a thousand years. Thank you.
The “featured image” seen on this post shows protesters clashing with security forces in a demonstration against Nicolas Maduro in San Antonio del Tachira, Venezuela on February 23rd, 2019. Image courtesy of Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images and ABC News.