I think Chavez was elected, and not recalled, in basically fair elections, but the United States has spent effort to overthrow him because they don't like his politics. That's nasty. Well, it wasn't just the Bush administration. This article, from the Columbia Journalism Review, explains how the anti-Chavez sentiment has been pervasive in the Venezuelan media, in part, as one prominent journalist describes in the article "Reporters bought the argument that you have to put journalistic standards aside, that if we don’t get rid of Chavez, we will have communism and Fidelismo."
UPDATE: I should point out, lest the opposite conclusion be reached, that the opposition was mostly Venezuelan. Businesspeople and the elites against the government, and who ran most all of the presses.