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Telesur is further evidence of America's Growing Influence

While St. Petersburg Times' David Adams is saying that Telesur is a sign of America's weakening influence in Latin America, I will say the opposite. Democracy is spreading, and the values of hard work, and free market economy is spreading.

This is not to say that socialist and the left are not gaining ground--they are. We can see in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay the perfect example. But, this is not to say that socialism is all that more welcome, just that these countries continue to have trouble developing long-lasting democracies, and many times make the mistake of electing the wrong people. The masses are easily deceived, hence the blessings of our federal system, and the electoral college.

Either way, it's a sign of the times. In an era of waning respect for U.S. foreign policy, Telesur is further evidence of the United States' dwindling influence in the region.

"Telesur is an initiative against cultural imperialism," declared the station's president, Andres Izarra, during its inauguration. "We launch Telesur with a clear goal to break this communication regime."

Telesur can say all the want, but the evidence is clear as far as its bias. No one is going to believe that the government of Venezuela (51 percent), Argentina (20 percent), Cuba (19 percent) and Uruguay (10 percent) will allow TeleSur to report on the death of protestors in Venezuela, or the beating of dissidents in Cuba, or the corruption in Argentina and Uruguay.

Socialist are simply getting smarter by using media to win the public relations battle. Don't take my words for it. Listen to their own former air force officer.
William Izarra, the former air force officer who is now deputy foreign minister, and who is a top pro-Chavez ideologue recently gave a speech in which he described Telesur as one of the ways in which Venezuela is defending itself in the undeclared war he said the United States is waging against it.

In this kind of war "the media are more important than (military) divisions," said Izarra Sr., who knows the United States well and studied at Harvard.

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