Chavez has overwhelming popular support. It comes out often supportively. It's there when needed. Public sentiment won't be denied.
Washington and opposition Roundtable of Democratic Unity (MUD) leaders want Venezuela returned to its ugly past. So do media scoundrels.
Chavez's health is exploited. Bolivarianism is challenged. Constitutional law is twisted. Venezuelan print and broadcast media are predominantly private. They're some of the worst anywhere.
Corporate television is especially hostile. It has a 95% market reach. Anti-Chavez programming is featured. Dark forces are defiant and undeterred. They take advantage of Venezuela's Social Responsibility Law.
It expanded on Venezuela's 2004 Law of Social Responsibility for Radio and Television (LSR).
It affirms free expression without censorship. It promotes responsible programming. It respects civil and human rights. It advances cultural values. It encourages active citizen participation.
It tolerates dissent. It enforces acceptable media standards. Violators face fines. Promoting coups, war, public disorder, crime, or other socially disruptive acts may bring temporary or longer-term license suspensions.
Venezuela's media scoundrels usually approach the line without crossing it. In America they'd face sedition or treason charges.
US law Section 2384, Title 18 defines seditious conspiracy as follows:
<blockquote>"If two or more persons in any State or Territory conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the (elected) Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both."
Constitutional law goes further. Article 3, Section 3 defines treason as follows:
"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort."</blockquote>
Guilty parties potentially face capital punishment. Courts have jurisdiction to decide.
Venezuela's dominant media exceed the worst of America's. They take full advantage of Venezuelan law. They come close to inciting insurrection or rebellion.
They compromise national security. They get away with what's impossible in America. They'd face sedition charges or worse if tried.
When Venezuelan media cross the line they're challenged. Responsible societies enforce legitimate standards. Venezuela is perhaps most lenient. Media scoundrels take full advantage.