Venezuelan nastiness at the SIP meeting

PMB reports by e-mail that a closed-door confrontation occurred between Eduardo Salinas (ES) of Venevision (VV) and Guillermo Zuloaga (GZ) of Globovision (GV) at the Inter-American Press Association’s (IAPA/SIP) meeting in Paraguay.

Here it is (in Spanish) for those not on PMB’s mailing list (which you can subscribe to by going to PMB Comments blog):

Subject: Fwd: HOY en la SIP

En la sesión de discusión para la aprobación de los infomes de cada país:

_ Pidió la palabra Eduardo Salinas, de VV, para leer la posición de su canal en torno a lo expresado por GZ, de Globovisión durante la presentación del Informe de Venezuela:

_ Rechazan enfática y categóricamente por inciertos, infundiosos y malintencionados los señalamientos de GZ.

_ Citó a distintas organizaciones, instituciones (como la UCAB, la revista del Centro Gumilla y el CNE a la que calificó como garante de la transparencia para la expresión de los venezolanos) y hasta ONGs , como testigos y avales de la seridad de VV colocandolo como el canal más objetivo y profesional de Venezuela y a GV como al más desbalanceado en el manejo y difusión de la información y la opinión.

_ Lo más importante es el televidente, que nos premia desde hace 15 años con el más absoluto e indiscutible respaldo.

_ Rechazamos cualquier cierre o atropello contra los medios y defendemos a ultranza las libertades.

_ Alertamos contra los partidos políticos disfrazados de canales de TV, como GV, el cual, por cierto, llegó a la SIP a instancias de VV. Es la razón por la cual nos extraña aún más el ataque aquí en esta asamblea.

ENRIQUE SANTOS LE ACLARÓ QUE LO DICHO POR ZULOAGA NO FORMABA PARTE DEL INFORME QUE SE ESTABA APROBANDO.

GUILLERMO ZULOAGA PUNTUALIZO LO SIGUIENTE:

_ GV llega a la SIP por su página Web y debo aclarar y recordar que desde el comienzo de esta organización y por el diario El Universal, mi familia está fuertemente vinculada a la SIP. De hecho, mi tío (ya fallecido) Luis Téofilo Núñez, fue fundador y Presidente de esta organización. No llegamos a la SIP por VV.

_ Gustavo Cisneros no ha tenido escrúpulos en reconocer que para él es más importante que VV sobreviva que defender principios. Es la razón por la cual VV se ha rendido al gobierno. En GV creemos lo contrario: yo sostengo que los principios son más importantes que defender un negocio. Carlos Bardasano es el gran operador: funge nada más y nada menos que de asesor del Ministro Jesse Chacón y debo decir aquí que se esmera en conseguir que el gobierno perjudique a GV.

_ No necesitamos citar organizaciones ni nacionales ni internacionales para dar cuenta y cara por nuestro trabajo.

_ Si no somos más objetivos es porque, ante todo, defendemos principios y esa defensa está por encima de cualquier apariencia.

DAVID NATERA FEBRES pidió la palabra para puntualizar:

_ GV se inscribe en la SIP por sugerencia nuestra (BPV) ante nuestra preocupación por la desproporcionada parcialización de VV por el gobierno. Nunca “de la mano” de VV. Fue una petición nuestra y se canaliza a través de la actividad de la página WEB de ese canal.-

From Caracas Gringo, some observations about Venevision and Gustavo Cisneros:

*On any given day, particularly since 2002-2003, VV’s news coverage is consistently at least 90% pro-Chavez regime. VV’s news and political opinion programming is not fair, balanced or objective. Claims to the contrary by ES at the SIP conference are total bullshit.

*GZ’s charge that VV’s Carlos Bardasano is Gustavo Cisneros’ chief enforcer & hatchet man in Venezuela and a close political confidant of Jesse Chacon are completely true.

*GZ’s charge that Bardasano is working through Chacon/Chavez regime to destroy GV are highly credible. This “style” of doing business is a historically consistent feature of the Cisneros “business model,” particularly in Venezuela.

*Gustavo Cisneros is one of the original “Twelve Apostles” of the first government of Carlos Andres Perez (CAP) – “entrepreneurs” who grew immensely (and corruptly) rich in the shadow of the state during the years from 1974-1978.

*Cisneros also was an influential presence in the second CAP government (1989-93), a period in which, through his brother Ricardo Cisneros, he was represented on the now-deceased Banco Latino’s Board of Directors.

*Another of these twelve apostles was Pedro Tinoco, Hijo, who died of cancer at the end of 1992 before he could consummate his seizure of the Venezuelan banking system by gaining control of Banco de Venezuela when it was still owned by Venezuelans. Tinoco was president of the Central Bank during CAP II, and before that president of Banco Latino.

*Jimmy Teale and Carlos Bernardez (ex-Banco de Venezuela president) once shared – separately – the following anecdote about Tinoco:

After the Caracazo of February 1989, Accion Democratica’s leadership turned its back on CAP and refused to finish paying off about $12 million in presidential election campaign debts owed to advertisers like ARS Publicidad.

Tinoco, already in Central Bank’s presidency, had a great solution, which was to ask the presidents of each of the six largest banks in the country for a $2 million “voluntary contribution.” Five bank presidents said yes, but Bernardez said no. Only weeks later, Orlando Castro Llanes (former president of the defunct Banco Progreso) launched a hostile takeover drive to gain enough shares to win a seat on Banco de Venezuela’s board of directors.

But Castro was rebuffed by Bernardez and other Banco de Venezuela board members because Castro Llanes was infamous & notorious for unscrupulous business practices, zero ethics/integrity and was widely reputed to be a money launderer. So Castro bought more shares until he owned close to 24% of Banco de Venezuela, at which point he sold most of his holdings to Jose Alvarez Stelling (ex-president of the now defunct Banco Consolidado, and another great sleazeball of that era).

Castro told Caracas Gringo back in 1993 that he sold his stock to Alvarez Stelling at the explicit direction of Tinoco, who told Castro flatly that no Cuban would ever be permitted to own or serve as president of Banco de Venezuela, hence Castro had only two options: sell to Alvarez Stelling or sell to Gustavo Cisneros.

“I decided to sell my shares to Alvarez Stelling because Cisneros tiene fama de mala paga,” Castro told Caracas Gringo and other witnesses at a private breakfast.

*But no matter that Cisneros didn’t get Castro’s Banco de Venezuela stock, because he already had a stake/board presence in Banco Latino, and Castro’s Banco Progreso was already providing a vital secret service to Banco Latino and other banks (including Consolidado, Banco de Maracaibo, Banco Union and other institutions owned among others by Victor Vargas and Victor Gil): Castro laundered billions of dollars for these banks through a correspondent account which Banco Progreso had in a New York institution.

Some $4 billion, with Banco Latino heading the list, were laundered through this Banco Progreso correspondent account between 1991 to mid-1993.

So that there’s no doubt about the accuracy of the above assertion – Caracas Gringo has possession of a forensic audit of the Banco Progreso correspondent account which was done by a former Treasury Department forensic accountant.

Identical copies of this audit were given to Caracas Gringo during a meeting in Boca Raton, Florida by the forensic accountant who did the audit, at a second meeting in New York City with an Assistant DA with the office of the Manhattan Attorney General, and at a third meeting in Washington, D.C. with FBI investigators working for the US Congress to identify illegal campaign contributions by Castro to Bill Clinton’s second election campaign via Florida attorney Charles Intriago.

Castro’s illegal campaign contributions to Clinton’s second campaign were buried by Congress because the FBI investigators determined Castro had also made illegal contributions to Republicans.

And further, so that there’s no doubt about Banco Latino’s shenanigans which its board of directors obviously must have known about, Caracas Gringo also has possession somewhere in the US of a box of forensically validated Banco Latino documents which prove that Banco Latino laundered over $1 billion through Progreso’s correspondent account in New York. (Call it security.)

And why was this done? Simply, to avoid declaring the flow of cash to US tax authorities even as it was stolen from unwitting Venezuelan depositors.

But there’s more:

*When everyone was plotting to remove Chavez from office in 2001-early 2002, there were meetings at a home in Alta Florida where Cisneros hinted on one occasion that perhaps he could be a good candidate for the presidency, Venezuela’s equivalent of Silvio Berlusconi. A good bottle of 18-year-old scotch was shared at that meeting, but no one got loaded enough to give that wild notion any credibility.

*On April 12, 2002, one of our military associates visited Miraflores presidential palace and was surprised when he met the entire team of people who had worked in the presidential communications office during CAP II while Beatrice Rangel, another lo-o-o-o-ngtime Cisneros employee, was Presidential Secretariat Minister. One of these people told our military associate they had been “called back to service.” Just a coincidence? Quien sabe.

*Bardasano was spotted inside Fort Tiuna during those confusing days in April 2002. Another coincidence, perhaps?

*Until April 11-14, 2002 VV was out in front of the media pack hammering Chavez, and the night of April 11 VV/Cisneros was the host location for dozens of businessmen and politicians who didn’t have any idea what was happening in Fort Tiuna even as many maneuvered for potentially advantageous positions in the new regime they expected would replace Chavez.

*But not long after the dust settled and Chavez was back in power former US President Jimmy Carter brokered a Chavez-Cisneros meeting in Fort Tiuna where El Comandante reportedly gave Cisneros a choice: join the revolution and stay in business here, or remain in the opposition and most certainly die – as RCTV was later murdered, at least on open signal broadcasting.

*Gustavo Cisneros is certainly in the “top ten” list of Venezuelan “entrepreneurs” who helped wreck and loot the country before Chavez was elected. He also quietly helped bankroll some of Chavez’s election campaign in 1998.

*Then he actively joined in the generalized plotting by many groups to oust Chavez.

Indeed, there’s a first-hand anecdote, shared by someone who was physically present, of a particular board meeting prior to the April 2002 violence where the question of whacking Chavez was briefly discussed.

*But after the April 2002 violence and the Carter-brokered Chavez-Cisneros meeting, VV reversed course and transformed its news/political opinion programming into a shameless exercise in self-censorship and propagandizing on behalf of the Chavez regime.

Some people will do anything for a buck….

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2 Responses to Venezuelan nastiness at the SIP meeting

  1. GWEH says:

    Gringo, I was hired by two names you mentioned to work covertly in anti-chavez and pro-opposition activities in the run-up to the 2004 recall referendum. Nothing major … media related activities that I worked best in stealth mode.

    I thought Cisneros was on our side until after the Carter-Chavez meeting.

    I was terminated with extreme prejudice after that meeting.

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  2. lurking says:

    Gringo… good to have you back writing again… the coming months will be interesting and I look forward to more info and commentary… as I lurk in the background…

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