Sean Penn: Journalists who call Hugo Chávez a dictator should be jailed


Sean Penn on the media depiction of Hugo Chavez:

“Every day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it, and accept it. And this is mainstream media. There should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.” – Penn on Bill Maher’s HBO show March 10, 2010

* The Organization of American States recently accused Chávez of intolerance and authoritarianism in a 300 page report.

* Spanish judge accused Venezuela of cosseting Farc and Eta terrorists

* “Dictator for Life” article (Penn says Chavez should be applauded for the free and open elections)

Jail them all for their lies. The reports are widespread so Washington Post, Telegraph and CNN reporters – you should be leery of spreading these biases…er…lies.

Well, BIASES is you read the reporting in South Carolina: WisTV

He (Penn) says that “there should be a bar for which one goes to prison for these kinds of biases.”

Penn is already being misquoted. “LIES” have become “BIASES” – how dare they? Put them in prison, there must be a penalty!!!

“The devil came here yesterday and it smells of sulfur still today.” – Hugo Chavez on President Bush at a UN General Assembly September 20, 2006

Chavez continued:

“As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: ‘The Devil’s Recipe.’ “

Chavez held up a book by Noam Chomsky on imperialism and said it encapsulated his arguments: “The American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its hegemonistic system of domination, and we cannot allow him to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated.”

Can we jail Chavez for discussing our President in this manner? He made these comments on our soil at a UN meeting.

“George W. Bush is a dictator in all but name, surrounded by a coterie of men and women as single-minded and devoted to their leader as the Goerings and Himmlers of the Third Reich.” – envio.org March 2003 (source here)

“He’s the only one of those leaders who goes in there with a commanding popularity among his own people, because he is perceived to be an effective dictator. What we have in this country is a dictator who’s ineffective.” – Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift on the McLaughlin Group, July 2006

“Tony Blair is a dictator.” – Dai Davies June 2006 reported by the Guardian (Read here)

So I guess it’s not a manner of what you say, but what you believe. Penn’s sentiments for Chavez has led him to believe we should limit free speech as long as it fits his perceived truth.

Chavez good…Bush and other conservatives bad.

I love the Hollywood left in America.

Sean Penn Quote page


Organization of American States story:


Spanish judge on Chavez: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/01/hugo-chavez-venezuela-spain-eta

Dictator for Life:


Pic: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2010/03/08/sean-penn-suggests-prison-time-journalists-who-call-hugo-chavez-dictator

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