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The story of 33 trapped Chilean miners has been driving non-stop news coverage and gripped the attention of viewers around the world.

But critics, including some family members of the miners, say Sebastian Pinera, the Chilean president, and his government have been using the media attention to boost their own popularity.

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Since rescue operations for the miners began, Pinera's approval rating has grown, despite earlier complaints that his administration has failed to rebuild Chile after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the country in February.

On Monday's Riz Khan, we ask: Has the media gotten carried away by the drama surrounding the miners' tragedy, and are they failing to cover the real issues at hand? To what extent is the Chilean government exploiting the situation for its own gain?

Joining the programme is Al Jazeera correspondent Lucia Newman, who has been reporting from Chile. Riz also speaks to media critic and independent journalist Danny Schechter.

This episode of Riz Khan aired from Monday, October 11, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera