President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela has joined American President Trump in the fight against fake news, expelling CNN on Sunday for manipulating a student’s complain about lack of nutrition in schools, reports the Panama Post.
Last week, a student from a Venezuelan national school appeared on television before the entire country, asking the government to help the school with security, infrastructure, and food “so his classmates wouldn’t faint from hunger anymore” (According to The Panama Post).
President Maduro claims that CNN has manipulated this television appearance, and is reporting fake and damaging news about the government.
From The Panama Post:
‘Some media like CNN tried to manipulate information,’ he said. ‘They can not manipulate information like that, it’s our affair, of Venezuelans. CNN does not need to put its nose in Venezuela … I want CNNwell away from here.’
Last week, a student demanded on national television that the president improve the conditions of his school, asking for security, infrastructure and food so his classmates wouldn’t faint from hunger anymore.
CNN en Español visited the high school and talked with the staff about the student, and whether Maduro had made any improvements since that incident only to discover he had not.
Maduro said the young woman ‘uncovered a situation that had to be spoken about.’
‘I want the youth to tell the truth, to be critical and revolutionary, for us to go to solve the problems,” he said. “To attend to those problems, we must build a sense of belonging in each school. Lyceum belongs to me and I must take care of it.’
President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed CNN on Twitter and television for manipulating information.