Reaction to THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED
With the help of the Palace Guard (a paramilitary group loyal to the Chavez administration) the opposition leadership is removed from the palace and the Chavez cabinet is restored to power. The public at large is kept unaware of this thanks to the continued obstruction from the private news agencies. In a recently reactivated Channel 8 studio, the Vice President is sworn back into power, pending the return of Chavez. This move, according to the Chavez administration, was to restore constitutionality and calm in the country. Soon after, Chavez is released by the opposition and flown back to Caracas to re-assume the presidency. In an address to the nation, Chavez urges everyone involved to return to their homes and remain calm. He also says that those who oppose him are welcome to do so, but democratically and in line with the Venezuelan constitution.
The film itself came under criticism for having a clear pro Chavez bias and for displaying some events out of order to support this bias. Events preceding the coup are left out, which to some critics means a critical level of context was missing from the story. State run and privately owned media outlets continue to be at odds with each other, supporting the opposition and the new administration respectively (after Chavez’s death this March, his party retained the office of president with the election of Nicolas Maduro, previously Chavez’s Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs). While it is no secret that Chavez and the US did not see eye to eye on a number of things, US involvement in the coup is a serious allegation. US involvement is alluded to several times in the film, but what makes these accusations easy to believe is what is at stake: control over a large oil-producing country.
While the events in the film are now over a decade old, the concern over media bias is a timeless issue. Privately owned media sources here in the US each have their own agenda and political preference, and this is to say nothing of public sources of news and reporting. With yet another conflict brewing in the Middle East it is more important than ever to be informed by a variety of sources and to encourage those who represent us both here and abroad to seek nonviolent solutions.
Caselli, Irene. “Nicolas Maduro Sworn in as New Venezuelan President.” BBC News. BBC, 19 Apr. 2013. Web. 12 Sept. 2013. <http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22220526>.
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. Dir. Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain. Perf. Hugo Chavez. 2003. DVD.