Media accused in failed coup
Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002
CARACAS, Venezuela -- As Venezuela's coup began to collapse last weekend, a handful of the country's media barons were summoned to the presidential palace.
A day after Friday's ouster of President Hugo Chavez, the self-declared "transitional government" was losing its grip. The media were its last hope.
What happened next is disputed. Chavez loyalists say coup leaders, in a desperate bid to hang onto power, persuaded the media executives to suppress coverage of the unraveling coup. MORE