Source: Sputnik Mundo
What the article is about: The article opens with this claim from Venezuelan Minister of Communication and Information, Jorge Rodríguez, about the failed drone assassination attempt on Nicolás Maduro: “It’s indisputable fact that one of the drones was detonated remotely from the United States… The order was that no one would survive, and that everyone on stage with the president would be assassinated.” As with Sputnik‘s other reporting on the assassination attempt, the article goes on to present the Maduro government’s claims about the origins of the attack and give a brief overview of the attack itself as well as the results of the government’s “investigation” so far.
What’s false about it: As has become typical over our nascent effort to monitor Chinese and Russian state-media reporting on the Americas, Sputnik uses its platform to give the Maduro government a blank slate to present its official positions as fact. This article is no different. We haven’t found any other reporting in English or Spanish that reports on Rodríguez’ dubious claims that one of the drones was detonated remotely from the United States, nor on the claims that the goal of the attack was to assassinate everyone on stage with Maduro. The article gives no evidence to back up Rodríguez’ deliberately incendiary charges, and fails to present the opinions of non-biased sources.