Headline Howler: Another Reuters schmuxtaposition

Oh lordy-loo. You just can’t make this shit up:

“Let the U.S. empire end and let a great nation and great republic rise from the ruin … It’s time to shout ‘Liberty!’ again in the United States,” Chavez said, calling for a new government to be free of the “dictatorship of the elite” such as big banks and corporations.

Critics accuse Chavez of running an authoritarian, Cuban-style regime in oil-rich Venezuela.

Of course, said critics aren’t named, nor is any proof offered to bolster their accusations; we’re meant to assume that it’s all self-evident, and that they’re too numerous (being, like, everybody but Chavecito himself, if certain lazy wire service reporters are to be believed). But the problem is, those unnamed critics follow right on the heels of a statement by the Big Guy His Own Self which kind of makes them, and the reporters of Reuters, all look like, well, schmucks.

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