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Friday Media Roundtable: Chavez's Legacy and The Medicare Squeeze


On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about coverage of the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. His legacy is revered by his friends and scorned by his enemies. How should the media cover his legacy? We’ll also talk about the media’s role in shaping the debate about social security and Medicare. We’ll be joined by McClatchy’s Kevin Hall, Columbia Journalism Review Trudy Lieberman and the New Yorker’s Jon Anderson. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


Trudy Lieberman, a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health, and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review

Kevin Hall, the national economics reporter for McClatchy Newspapers, based in Washington, D.C.

Jon Lee Anderson,  an  staff writer for The New Yorker. He travelled to Venezuela regularly during chavez's presidency and interviewed him several times. He is the author of several books, including a biography of Che Guevara.

Web Resources:

The New Yorker: Postscript: Hugo Chávez, 1954-2013

The New Yorker: Slumlord: What has Hugo Chávez wrought in Venezuela?

McClatchy: Reporter remembers Hugo Chavez as steeped in Latin American culture, history

McClatchy: February was a breakout month for jobs

CJR: Brill’s big breakthrough

New York Times: The War On Entitlements

CJR: Medicare Uncovered: What’s in a name?