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Chavez Broadcasting Around The Clock

From the UK’s Times:

Hugo Chávez takes to the airwaves – 24/7

February 9, 2010

Hugo Chávez has launched his latest radio venture, a programme called Suddenly with Chavez in which he can take to the airwaves any time of the day or night.

Heralded by the Venezuelan Government as a “communicational guerrilla” in its battle to advance the country’s Bolivarian revolution, the new show on state radio has no schedule and can be broadcast whenever Mr Chávez desires.

Inaugurating the new show yesterday, the President said that the programme could surprise viewers “at midnight or at dawn", because “we have many things to report”.

Doesn’t this seem vaguely familiar? Don’t we have somebody like this in our country?

The first edition took in Venezuelan-Argentinian relations, the World Boxing championship, the upcoming 200th anniversary of Latin American independence and the launch of a new state supermarket chain using stores expropriated from the French chain Exito.

"Sometimes I am awake at three in the morning, working or revising papers, and there are people who listen to the radio at this hour," Mr Chávez said, suggesting he could sing them "romantic songs".

Mr Chávez relishes his role as a TV and radio personality and often takes to the airwaves several times a day to set forth his political views.

He already has a weekly TV and radio show, Hello President, in which he often spends up to eight hours answering questions from viewers and expounding on subjects ranging from US imperialism to Venezuelan bathroom habits.

Darned if that doesn’t sound familiar. Who are we thinking of?

The shows are characterised by frequent bursts of presidential song and Mr Chávez’s earthy wit. He once spent six minutes describing in detail how he suffered an attack of diarrhoea when addressing the nation live on state television.

He is increasingly making use of a law that allows him to force private television and radio stations to broadcast his marathon speeches. On Saturday he took over the airwaves twice to lash out at opponents and outline his latest plans for communal property.

During one of the broadcasts, he mocked opponents who accuse him of turning Venezuela into another Cuba, saying his alliance with the Socialist island annoyed the “bourgoisie” so much he was going to talk about it “all the time”.

We could swear we have someone like this in the US. His name is right on the tip of our tongue.

Mr Chávez’s ever-increasing dominance of the airwaves infuriates his critics and has led to confrontation with the owners of private TV stations, many of them wealthy opposition figures, who resent being forced to carry his lengthy broadcasts.

Last month, protests erupted across Caracas after the Government closed down the anti-Chávez channel RCTV after it refused to cut to a presidential speech.

The Government’s media offensive is in part a response to what it perceives as "media terrorism" by critical outlets, many of which supported a failed coup in 2002.

Somehow Fox News also comes to mind.

But his interference with regular programming often frustrates even his own supporters. His loss of a 2007 referendum on changing term limits is often blamed on an earlier confrontation with RCTV, whose broadcast licence the Government refused to renew.

That move provoked protests even in Chávez strongholds, often poor barrios where residents were enraged by the loss of their favourite soap operas.

Man, this is driving us crazy.

Who does this remind us of?

(Thanks to Canary for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, February 10th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Chavez Broadcasting Around The Clock”

  1. canary says:

    From the UK’s Times:

    Hugo Chávez takes to the airwaves – 24/7 Feb 8 2010

    Hugo Chávez has launched his latest radio venture, a programme called Suddenly with Chavez in which he can take to the airwaves any time of the day or night….

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7020982.ece

    Chavez’s signal he’s on is harp music.

    Wonder what instrument or jingle Obama’s shows will start with.

  2. GL0120 says:

    Let’s see – “Mr Chávez relishes his role as a TV and radio personality and often takes to the airwaves several times a day to set forth his political views.”

    “He is increasingly making use of a law that allows him to force private television and radio stations to broadcast his marathon speeches. On Saturday he took over the airwaves twice to lash out at opponents and outline his latest plans for communal property. ”

    “He already has a weekly TV and radio show, Hello President, in which he often spends up to eight hours answering questions from viewers and expounding on subjects ranging from US imperialism to Venezuelan bathroom habits. ”

    “Mr Chávez’s ever-increasing dominance of the airwaves infuriates his critics and has led to confrontation with the owners of private TV stations, many of them wealthy opposition figures, who resent being forced to carry his lengthy broadcasts.”

    Now I know that many readers are thinking that this is lust like Our Dear Leader, but that’s simply not possible.
    Our Dear Leader would never consider tying up the airwaves just to expound his political views and he’d never dream of answering questions that weren’t asked or telling tall tales to make a political point.
    Our Dear Leader (the blessings of Allah be upon him) would never consider forcing TV stations to carry his speeches or do anything that might interfere with the freedom of speech that is so near and dear to him.
    No, there can be no comparison of Chavez’s actions to Our Dear Leader; perhaps to George W. Bush, that spawn of Satan, but never to Obama the Beloved.

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m takin’ bets on o-blah-blah’s public information and broadcast czars are taking around the clock copious notes on his soul brother, Chavez’s, every move.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Chavez reminds me of the Big Brother caricature in Apple’s seminal 1985 television ad.

    And progressives, Dems, libs, socialists at al ad nauseum, are the audience …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYecfV3ubP8

    (the runner makes me think of Tea Parties Past and Present and that war hammer, to me, represents a free man’s refusal to submit)

  5. TwilightZoned says:

    Classic case of verbal diarrhea. Take some Imodium AD and call it a day.

  6. wirenut says:

    GLO, spawn of Satan? Huh? Mrs. wirenut has that title reserved for me. Good one,LOL!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Chuckk says:

    Obama already has stations broadcasting for him around the clock, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, etc. Chavez probably got the idea by copying the US media.


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