About Hugo Chavez

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The media has influenced personal beliefs, opinions, and judgments of Hugo Chavez by negatively portraying him. He is shown as a totalitarian leader that is terrorizing the people. The media gives one side of the story and does not show thing whole thing. He is shown as a person that does things for selfish reasons and does not take care of his country. Connie Mack, a candidate for Florida’s U.S. Senate, just recently referred to his regime as, “the corrupt, terrorist supporting Chavez regime” (Gomez 1). He also argues “drug crime, gun violence, and especially kidnappings have risen dramatically” (Gomez 1). Mack is the front-runner in the Florida race, making him a public figure. With statements as strong as these, it is very difficult to see Chavez in any positive way. Also, it hits home when Mack states that Chavez supports terrorists. In a country that fears terrorism as heavily as the United States, a statement like that automatically portrays him as an enemy, not only to his people, but to American citizens as well. Similarly, he was the main rival in the region for the Bush administration and they labeled him a demagogue (Katel 1). The word demagogue has a negative connotation by itself. It depicts him as a manipulator, as someone that does things for the sole purpose to rise to power. Also, if he is considered the rival for our President, it gives him the image of someone that is an enemy to the country as a whole. An uninformed American that just turns on the television and hears statements like these about Hugo Chavez will undoubtedly see him in a negative fashion. Especially if these statements are said by United States’ representatives such as a person running for the Senate, and the President of the country, it would... ... middle of paper ... ... Election HQ - Politics - Fox News. Fox News, 11 Nov. 2011. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. . Katel, Peter. "The CQ Researcher Online." CQ Press Electronic Library. SAGE Publications, 21 July 2006. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. . Reilly, Christopher. "The Media, The CIA and the Coup » Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names." Counterpunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names. CounterPunch, 15 Apr. 2002. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. . "U.S. Papers Hail Venezuelan Coup as Pro-Democracy Move." Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR). Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, 18 Apr. 2002. Web. 13 Nov. 2011. .
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