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16 years and one Month ago

Reuters'life imitates the dissident frogman's art

La agencia británica de noticias Reuters' tribute to The Me.

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Necrothreading much?

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Do I have a secret admirer among the editors at Reuters? I mean even after delivering them quality smack-bottom sessions such as this one and this one?1

A bad case of tough love maybe?

Consider this bit of news published by Elmundo Internacional, and emailed by an "anonymous tipster" from Spain (Everybody please say "Thank you anonymous Spaniard tipster", thank you):

Photo ©Reuters. Really. I wasn't me wot done it, it was Reuters wot done it. No kidding, no photoshopping, no frogmanizing.

"En la instantánea, tomada durante la reciente visita del presidente Hugo Chávez a Brasil, aparece el mandatario venezolano con dos círculos negros en la cabeza, que le asemejan a Mickey Mouse.

"La transnacional de noticias emite una fotografía cuya composición es un intento de burlarse de la imagen del presidente Chávez", apuntó el canal Radio Mundial. (...) Las afirmaciones del sitio de Internet progubermantal van un poco más lejos. "¿Terrorismo mediático?", se pregunta la página web (...)

"La intencionalidad de Reuters es obvia. La agencia ha sido acusada en el pasado por conocidos investigadores (...) de asistir diariamente a reuniones en el Pentágono, desde donde se diseña la agenda informativa mundial", agrega. (...)

En resumen, según los medios 'chavistas' la foto es un plan del Imperio estadounidense, la CIA y los accionistas 'oligarcas' de Reuters -familia Thomson y Rupert Murdoch, propietario de News Corp- para debilitar la imagen de Chávez.

The shreds of my long gone Spanish skills2 make me understand that some Chavez-friendly media see this photographic prank as a deliberate attempt to ridicule El Presidente (some even go as far as calling it media terrorism), as part of a plot involving the U.S. empire (Imperialists?), the malevolent CIA and their Murdoch owned Reuters poodle. Poor Reuters, even their natural friends distrust them by now.

I would actually argue that this does more to hurt Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney (media terrorism orchestrated by the Cuban secret policia and a vindicative Bugs Bunny?), but that's just me.

So. Anyway. I once shared a room with a very high-ranking CIA official3, but he was a man4 so this definitely can't be some sort of publicly expressed private allusion as an expression of gratitude for a past agreeable moment between consenting adults longing for more, hey, what are you up to you've got my number please call me type thing.

If you get my meaning, wink-wink, nod-nod, say no more.

In any case, if that is not a tribute to my own humble yet resolved anti-Socialist propaganda labor of love5, then I don't know what is.


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  1. Oh, and this one too.
  2. I'm working on getting them back. Any tips, hints, info on good books, audio or video methods will be welcome.
  3. No I am not kidding, no I really can't tell you more about it, and no, I don't really believe they would kill me if I did. It's just that I gave my word and in my (admittedly convoluted) system of ethics, a man's word is his bond.
  4. We shared a room okay? With two separate beds okay? And it was just for one night, okay?
  5. Of nearly 5 years ago. Time flies when you have fun with South-American bullies.



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3361 - Lady Cincinnatus

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  • Lady Cincinnatus Ohio & Kentucky

Frogmanizing... Long may it continue and thrive!

3364 - Valerie, Texas

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Very Interesting indeed!

Wait a moment...

Was it not Al-Reuters who took to, er, enhancing photogrpahs?

Regardless of how or why he came by those ears, El Creepo never looked better!

3365 - BlueStarMom

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Very well done.

Sometimes I just despise the use of Photoshop by anyone.

Fake, fake, fake.

Thank you for shining a light.

3366 - 2hotel9

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  • 2hotel9 Western Pennsylvania

Thank you anonymous Spanish tipster!!!

Glad to see tHugo has got his McChe on, must be in honor of communizing industry in Venezuela. Today's nominee? The cement and mortar industry. Congratulations, now the peons may eat their bread ration in celebrations!

3368 - Iwo Gina

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  • Iwo Gina Maryland

I'm working on getting them back. Any tips, hints, info on good books, audio or video methods will be welcome.

Rosetta Stone

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3369 - Doug

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I'm working on getting them back. Any tips, hints, info on good books, audio or video methods will be welcome.

Move to California.