Source: Xinhua Español
What it’s about: The article covers comments made by Venezuelan Constituent Assembly President Diosdado Cabello about actress and UNHCR special envoy Angelina Jolie’s visit to Colombia. Addressing Jolie in a message, Cabello said that the children she was visiting weren’t Venezuelans, but “hungry Colombian children.” Cabello claimed her visit was “political marketing” against his country, that her wardrobe and the photos taken of her with children were designed to make her seem like a “fairy godmother.”
Why it’s misleading: Xinhua makes Cabello’s comments regarding Jolie’s visit to Colombia seem like fact, which they’re not. After quoting Cabello’s comments, the author of the article goes on to explain why Jolie was in Colombia and how she met with “supposedly” Venezuelan children. This tactic could possibly incite doubt into a readers mind in believing that her visit to Colombia was in fact staged. Angelina Jolie has been a special envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees since 2012. She has spoken out and focuses on major crises that result in mass population displacements. As special envoy, Jolie has visited Syrian refugees, displaced Iraqis, and refugees from Myanmar. This proves, her time in Colombia visiting Venezuelan refugees wasn’t a political plot or staged. As a special envoy who has focused on refugees, it was only a matter of time before she visited Venezuelan refugees.
Cabello is the president of the controversial Constituent Assembly convened by President Nicolás Maduro in a move widely seen as an attempt to avoid holding other scheduled elections that the government was expected to lose. The Assembly is completely made up of government supporters, unlike the national legislature.