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January 24, 2013

Spain's El Pais pulls picture of 'Hugo Chavez' on operating table

IMG_4627Spain's El Pais published and then pulled a picture that purported to be Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on the operating table, after the government began circulating the YouTube video the image was captured from. (On the left is another screen shot from that same video, in which the soon-to-be intubated gentleman is most definitely not the Venezuelan leader.)

The govenrment routinely charges the press with being part of a global conspiracy against the Bolivarian Revolution, and this unfortunate incident has only given the administration fodder. 

In this follow up story, El Pais said the image was on its website for about half an hour and that it suspsended printing when it realized its mistake.

Here's the government press release.

And here's the link to the original YouTube video. 

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