After watching the Sunday morning TV news chats shows back in November, we wondered at the absence of Joe Kennedy’s usual heart-tugging ads about heating fuel for the poor, his Citizens Energy program that relies on Venezuelan-owned Citgo for free oil. The ads serve the propaganda purposes of Venezuela’s commie caudillo, Hugo Chavez, but Chavez’s policies have so wrecked the country’s oil industry, the Joe-4-Oil program was in doubt.
Propaganda wins the day. We saw our first Joe Kennedy ad of the year last night, a new one that ran during the 5 p.m. news on WUSA, Channel 9, in Washington, D.C.
The Daily Caller had the story earlier this week,”Former Rep. Joe Kennedy teams up with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez — again”:
For the sixth straight year and with the help of Joseph Kennedy II’s non-profit Citizens Energy Corporation, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is again attempting to win over America’s less fortunate with the promise of free energy.
The end of January marked the beginning of the CITGO-Venezuela Heating Oil Program, a Venezuelan initiative to provide energy for needy individuals throughout the United States.
Chavez marked his 12th year in power this week, a reign that has included nationalizing companies — including U.S. firms — petroleum, cement, communications, electricity and banking.
In a statement announcing the program’s renewal — words reflected in the new TV spot — Kennedy, who earned more than $500,000 in salary and benefits in 2008, says, “We are deeply grateful to CITGO and the people of Venezuela for their generosity to those who need help keeping their families warm.”
That’s inadequately polemical, Joe. Let’s turn to the Venezuelan official for the real message:
“CITGO is very proud to mark the sixth anniversary of our Heating Oil Program, our flagship social development initiative, which is in alignment with the humanitarian and solidarity principles endorsed by the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through its national oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A (PDVSA),” said CITGO President and CEO Alejandro Granado. “Since its beginning in 2005, this program has been fully supported by President Hugo Chávez and it has been maintained over time thanks to the solidarity that exists between the people of Venezuela and the United States. It is without doubt one of the most important and long-lasting social development initiatives implemented by any large energy corporation in the U.S. and around the world.”
WCVB-TV in Boston did a puff piece on the Kennedy’s program last week. Didn’t mention any of Chavez’s anti-Americanism, expropriations, censorship or repression. It would have gotten in the way of such a warming story.
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