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.