1. The story is from a right wing propaganda site. (A right wing propaganda site is any that runs a negative story on Chavez).
2. It was a “mistranslation” of what he said. (A “mistranslation is any statement that portrays Chavez as a nutjob).
3. The US has done worse, more often and/or more recently so Chavez isn't as bad by comparison.
Use any one of the excuses as needed.,
:) Quite true.