Government by television in Venezuela

Interesting article in the MediaGuardian today on how Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez uses TV to govern. Chavez spent a record-setting 8 hours on the air this past Sunday, hosting his weekly show Alo Presidente. Says Venezuelan Political Scientist Arturo Serrano:

"Chávez governs from Aló Presidente. It is on this show that ministers find out if they have been fired or hired; it is here where mayors and governors are reprimanded for anything they have done wrong."

No doubt, an interesting experiment in direct governance. Too bad he doesn't let opposition politicians have the same access to TV he enjoys.