Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Communication Studies

First Advisor

Valerie Scatamburlo-D'Annibale


Hugo Chavez, neoliberalism, coup, Bush administration, National Endowment for Democracy

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As the elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez has undertaken a different type of economic and political agenda - one that presents a challenge to American - led neoliberalism and one which represents one nation's struggle towards a socialist project. In April 2002, there was a successful, yet short-lived, coup against Chavez. Many believe that the coup was heavily supported and financed by the Bush administration and the National Endowment for Democracy, an organisation that serves the interests of American imperialism. Using Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky's Propaganda Model in conjunction with Critical Discourse Analysis, this thesis critically examines the media coverage of the 2002 coup in the New York Times and the Globe and Mail.

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