“Hugo Chavez survived four elections, one coup attempt and one attempt at a recall. But he couldn’t beat cancer.” —actual NPR lead-in.
Ha! As with Qaddafi (sp?), our media’s* gleeful “Haha, dictators are mortal and therefore wrong” storyline only served to burnish the credentials of the dictator in question. If Chavez was some socialist chump, he sure made socialist chumpitude look like quite a gig. It took cancer to beat him, not capitalism. Who won here?
* There’s no such thing as the media.