Real Journalism: Univision and the Iran-Venezuela Connection

By Alden L. Benton

Last Monday I reported on a Newsmax email alert that described the contents of an Univision investigative report that showed officials from Iran and Venezuela colluding in Mexico to attack the United States.

Today, the Washington Times published a more extensive story regarding the Univision revelations. 

“A former computer instructor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico told Univision that he was recruited by a professor there in 2006 to organize a group of student hackers to carry out cyber attacks against the United States, initially at the behest of the Cuban Embassy.

“In an undercover sting, instructor Juan Carlos Munoz Ledo and several selected students infiltrated the hackers and secretly videotaped the Iranian and Venezuelan diplomats,” according to the Washington Times.

The Univision report, La Amenaza Irani (The Iranian Threat), which aired December 8, has now come to the attention of Congress and the State Department.

A State Department spokesman called the reports “disturbing” and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) called for hearings on Iranian activities in Latin America.  Some House members have called for the expulsion of a Venezuelan diplomat implicated by the Univision report.  That diplomat, “Livia Antonieta Acosta Noguera, then the second secretary at the Venezuelan Embassy in Mexico – is currently the Venezuelan consul in Miami,” according to the Washington Times.

It is time the political class, on both sides of the aisle, wake up.  America is in danger both from within and from without.

We are no longer engaged in a cold, ideological war that pits super power against super power.  We are now, and have been at least since the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, engaged in a global hot war which will decide whether the legal and moral traditions of the West, or those based in Islam, will prevail. 

The plots exposed by Univision, as well the recent assassination plot foiled by the FBI, are a clarion call that we are under direct attack.  Must we wait for another Pearl Harbor or 9-11 attack before we face reality? 

Univision has provided us with incontrovertible evidence that Iran, Cuba, and Venezuela, are willing to take great risk and go to any length to weaken or destroy the United States.

Univision demonstrates the kind of courage and integrity demanded by the special protection granted to the press by the First Amendment to the Constitution. 

In a free society, people must be informed.  In the United States, that responsibility is borne by the press. 

 “The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.  But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable of reading them.”
~Thomas Jefferson, 1787

The vast majority of the press in America has abdicated the responsibility inherent in the protections granted by the First Amendment.  Rather than unflinching purveyors of facts, they are craven fawning parasites overtly advocating the lies and destructive policies of the Left.

The press in America should pay heed to the professionalism and courage of Univision. 

At the time I published this post, only Newsmax.com and the Washington Times have addressed the Univision report.  The mainstream media, including Fox News, have ignored it.

Whose interests do they serve?  Not those of the citizens of the United States.

“A journalist is a grumbler, a censurer, a giver of advice, a regent of sovereigns, a tutor of nations.  Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.”  ~Napoleon Bonaparte

 At least they should be.


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One response to “Real Journalism: Univision and the Iran-Venezuela Connection

  1. Univision certainly is to be commended. In the larger journalism picture, it’s fitting that such illuminating and gutsy work should be done on this big story by a Latin organization, because it’s in their wheelhouse.
    But it’s also sad — and downright scary — that American news organizations, which used to be dedicated to this kind of work, no matter its immediate geographic or political jurisdiction, are no longer concerned with the really important matters of the world: information and events that actually affect people and the world in meaningful and crucial ways.
    The American media organizations, even Fox to some extent, have become followers at best — mostly second-rate twits by choice, seeing the world as a social network to manipulate culture, politics, and commerce, and as an oyster to grab for their own giddy gain and shallow glory rather than for the betterment of civilizations and souls.

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