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Hugo Chavez: Embalmed, for all to see

An altar for late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez set up inside a residence complex built during the government of late president Hugo Chavez, is pictured in Caracas on March 7, 2013.

This note comes with a little bit of 'ewwww' attached.

The acting president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said today the body of his late predecessor Hugo Chavez will be permanently displayed in a glass casket so that -- and this is a quote -- "his people will always have him."

Not the first time -- think Mao and Lenin and Ho Chi Minh.

But still. Eww.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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I find Kai Ryssdal comparisons of the recently deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to Mao and Ho Chi Minh immature, historical inaccurate, and, in light of the man's recent death, inhuman and an insult to the people of Venezuela.

I find childish comments like this from Mr. Ryssdal completely inappropriate for Public Radio. I will not be listening to this show any longer.

Mr. Chavez's death has NOTHING to do with an economics report. It was insensitive in the extreme. I cannot believe my public tax dollars are being used to fund such insensitive garbage. This type of commentary, and what I heard on my local NPR station, WNYC in New York, is more akin to Fox News.

I listen to WNYC because I do not like Fox News.

I will no longer be listening to Market Place.

The comparison to Lenin, et at puts a perfect summation to the life of Chavez.

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