Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Chavez advertises even in Tal Cual: tax payer money for twitter ads for Chavez

What was my surprise today reading a strong editorial of Teodoro Petkoff in Tal Cual?  Well, that the spot for Google Ads was occupied by an advertisement for what is allegedly Chavez twitter account, @chavezcandanga (which I do not follow, by the way).  Of course, it was a coincidence but I could not fail to observe the irony that when in his editorial Petkoff attacks Chavez on the extreme abuses of cadenas, he is even further harassed by Chavez advertising next to the editorial. 

Indeed, last week was particularly heavy on cadenas, almost daily, and all long and illegal as pointing strictly to electoral purposes.  Smothering any local TV as the only escape is either to turn off your TV or radio or subscribe to cable TV.  Yes, that is right, for those forgetful, when Chavez is in cadena he can speak for as long as he wants, simultaneously on ALL Venezuelan TV networks and ALL radio stations.

But when you see that the government is paying Google to advertise for Chavez twits that he probably does not write....


  1. capitankane3:08 PM

    The same thing happened to me the other day on the Chiguire Bipolar page. I clicked on it thinking it was their pisstake version ala Maria Alejandra page, but was dissapointed to find it was really him.

    I guess they are paying to blanket any Venezuelan content online with more ads. I guess what's on the TV/Radio just isn't enough to get his message out there.

    Ever considered putting up a Google Ads spot on your page Daniel?

  2. Wow, talk about wasted money! Think they're actually going to change hearts and minds that way? I doubt it. But the accidental click factor (like with capitankane) will persuade them it's working, at least temporarily. And instead of money going to some foreign tinpot, or swindled away into the Cayman account of some red-shirted higher up, it's going to an opposition media owner.

    All things considered, not bad. Why doesn't everyone click on those every time they visit these pages? :D

    I do have to give someone credit for designed the clever @ logo with beret. That's actually pretty good.

  3. One has to remember that the concept of "taxpayer money" is not really understood by many venezuelans. The poor don't have any idea what is to produce and pay a fair. There is also those that don't produce nor pay because they think that papa government has to give them. And then those than always find a way not to pay their taxes with the excuse "I don't pay because they'll steal it".
    Or those that say that it's a rich country with lots of oil money, so why pay taxes?
    The worst part: who tells them that they have to pay them?


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