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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chavez: Venezuela Needs 'Socialist' Soap Operas


Hugo wants: President Hugo Chavez says there's too much capitalism on Venezuelan TV. So he's urging producers to start making films and TV shows that stress socialist values.

Hugo dreams: Cuba does make some of its own programming. One of Sunday's offerings was "Our History: I Die for the Revolution"

(That Sunday offering has just GOT to be a real barn burner.)

Hugo tried: Chavez-allied producers made a 2004 soap opera called "Love Inside the Barrio" that emphasized socialist values but failed to draw many viewers.

Hugo would likely do better to leave TV programming to those who understand TV programming. It would leave him more time to lead his country.

But wait. Hugo's presidency is more Cock of the Walk than leader, which leaves me so sad.

Venezuela could take the reins in South America, and in a very few years elevate itself to the point where it could lead the other nations there by example. The world would be a much better place with our South American friends coming into their own, and Venezuela with its oil reserves is poised to do just that.

If they could only find some leadership...

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