Reporter Bocaranda talks during his radio program in Caracas [Reuters: Nelson Bocaranda, en el ojo de la tormenta del cáncer de Chávez]

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Reporter Nelson Bocaranda talks during his radio program in Caracas March 7, 2012. Derided as a “liar” and “clown” by President Hugo Chavez’s allies, the bespectacled 66-year-old journalist has defied the verbal barrage to become a must-read for anyone tracking the Venezuelan leader’s cancer. Veteran reporter and gossip-columnist Bocaranda broke the stunning news in mid-2011 that Chavez, the country’s all-dominant socialist leader, had the disease. Picture taken on March 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA – Tags: POLITICS HEALTH MEDIA)