Here’s a 90 minute production divided into 8 chapters/videos.
Sorry, I posted this before watching it, it’s a propaganda piece. Go to http://www.pbs.org to join in on the discussion. ~ DS
Here’s one from Michael Parenti:
Why do you think they keep voting for Chavez for all his flaws? He has delivered something for those in need–all of which Frontlline never once mentioned, specifically
(a)his government health program for people who normally could not afford a doctor, (b)the dental program in which hundreds of thousands of poor have seen a dentist for the first time;(c)the subsidized food programs managed thru neighborhood coops run mostly by women,(d)the school lunch programs and no-fee schools for thousands of poor kids, (e)the job programs–admittedly inadequate in scope and duration–to clean up and repair poor neighborhoods, and (f)the loans to small businesses run by women.
All we got from your show was a focus on the man and the elections and not a word about the economic content of his “revolution.”
November 19, 2008
In The Hugo Chávez Show, FRONTLINE producer Ofra Bikel travels to Venezuela to offer an illuminating portrait of the Venezuelan president. Through interviews with former government officials, Chávez associates and ordinary Venezuelans, FRONTLINE chronicles Chávez’s ascent to power and his efforts to use the powers of the presidency to stay there.
The film also reveals the key role of the media—or, rather, Chávez’s savvy use of the media—in his rise to power. This report begins by introducing viewers to Aló Presidente—or “Hello, President”—a weekly televised show that often runs five to eight hours and features Chávez speaking directly to the people, explaining government policy and mixing in a smattering of songs, poetry and whatever else strikes his fancy.
“Chávez is easily caricatured because he can be funny; he can seem buffoonish on his Aló Presidente,” journalist Jon Lee Anderson tells FRONTLINE. “He sings; he gets involved in wordplay. … He’s probably the world’s first virtual president in the age of the communication revolution.”
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