In the past 48 hours, the socialist President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has installed a new national assembly (made up of his own supporters and relatives) in order to bypass his political opposition, and begun rounding up and jailing opposition leaders. In response, the United States has imposed a new round of sanctions against Maduro himself. So far this year, more than 140 people have been killed in the escalating political violence in that nation.

Yet in all of 2017, NBC’s Today has yet to utter a single word about the misery wrought by Venezuela’s socialist, and increasingly dictatorial, government. To their credit, this morning ABC and CBS both ran full reports – ABC’s Martha Raddatz called the latest developments “ominous” — while all three broadcast evening newscasts on Monday night at least noted the dramatic developments.

On Good Morning America, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz called these latest developments “truly an ominous turn following the disputed election that gave President Maduro nearly unlimited powers, an election that the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has called a sham.” After running footage allegedly showing opponents of Maduro being rounded up and jailed, CBS This Morning correspondent Manuel Bojorquez noted that “their arrests do confirm the fears of the opposition here, and many in the international community who believe that President Nicolás Maduro would use this weekend’s vote to rewrite the constitution as a pretext to jail, suppress, and otherwise silence the opposition.”

As heard on The Hagmann Report