The Phantom Menace
As longtime readers know, BoRev.Net ain’t one to gossip, so you didn’t hear this from us, ok? Lean in close now. Did you hear about the latest scandal that has shocked, shocked the Caracas country club set? The one involving the expensive cars?
No no. This isn’t the one about three billion Hummers that was a totally true sign of Chavista corruption until it turned out that the story had been faked and Photoshopped by an RCTV “news” program. That story was so April. Keep up.
We’re talking about the granddaddy of conspicuous consumerism: the super-duper counter-revolutionary fancy mustard swapping from the back seat Rolls Royce scandal! Last week, the always-accurate Caracas fishwrapper “Tal Cual” reported that a full two hundred Rolls Royce Phantoms had been imported into the country in the past year to pleasure the corrupt government-backed nouveau riche tacky-tacky thief people. Two hundred! It’s a huge deal because it would mean a full quarter of the Phantoms produced in the last year were going down Venezuela way.
Well, some of the little people were skeptical of the story, because they are too stupid to trust the infallible truthiness of the Venezuelan press. So as further evidence, this video was posted a few days ago that proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the Rolls’ arrived in Venezuela last February. It even identifies a generically fat old government official personally inspecting the fleet and driving one home himself! A smoking gun!
And yet, the unwashed masses remained unconvinced. They kept pointing to little details of the video, like “the signs are all in English,” or “that doesn’t look like Venezuela,” or “that generically fat old government official doesn’t look anything like the guy they claim he is.” I didn’t believe them of course, because the story was in Tal Cual!
But then they found this video. It’s the same footage, but it was posted from Hong Kong last December! Frankly I don’t know what to think. Either this story is a fake, or even more sinister, the Chavistas have discovered the secret of time travel to further their nefarious goals. So of course I’m conflicted.
(Special thanks to the commenters at Oil Wars to the hot scoop).