The great Hugo-Chávez-Show

In the beginning of 2011, the reporter of the German magazine Zeit Magazin, Marian Blasberg, and me went on to an exhaustive investigation in Caracas which took us of several weeks. Our overall aim was to compare the discourse of the omnipresent president Hugo Chávez with the reality of his people.

To understand Chávez better, we started to watch his weekly TV programme “Aló Presidente”. This kept us busy for quite some time. Only in the  371th edition of “Aló Presidente”, the one Blasberg mentions in his article, Chávez talked almost six hours. Somewhere I read the telling statistics that of his twelve years in power, Chávez has spent a year and a half in front of TV cameras.

The article in the ZEIT Magazin


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