Indeed he did. And the media was thankless - of course. Allende was taking money from the KGB. Fact. Allende's party never had more than 34% of the vote. I hope to God we never have to make a choice like Pinochet did here in the US.
I'm afraid we will have to choose between an Ignoramus and Incompetance. The media will play the part of the sporting liar. The winner will be he who can quote the most movie lines. Socialism will be blurred with antidisestablishmentarianism -- for what it's worth. This is a nation that prefers to sit in a squalid heap of a lounge chair and yuk it up. You can't trash religion and demand ethics. The all powerful god of Political Correctness gets the last say. Repeat after me, "President Hussein -- peace be upon him." Repeat after me, "I didn't sit in a Hanoi POW camp to be the Vice President!" You know what the choice is, and both Pinochet and Allende may be better than either of the yokels that come up for the next presidential election.
The second amendment to the Constitution say that "We The People" will make that choice. If Pinochet were a true totalitarian Chile would not be a democracy today. He saved Chile from Marxism! If he desired a military totalitarian dictatorship Chile would not be free today. He was a patriot and a Jaded Mandarin.