My only quibble is with the comment regarding the media being 'somewhat' restricted. I think when you send a judge to jail for siding with a journalist who criticised you, that's a little more than 'somewhat' restricted
Apparently, Chavez himself claimed his rabid anti-Americanism was because three Americans were involved in an attempted assassination that very nearly killed him. The only reason it failed was a guard who was involved realised the killers would also kill any witnesses and turned his gun on them.
Naturally, Chavez blamed the CIA. Don't know if there's any truth in that. I know at one time the CIA stopped assassinations, however it is killing an awful lot of (mostly innocent) people these days.