Hugo’s lickspittle (my new favorite word) unleashed:
Referring to the alleged influence of the powerful Jewish lobby on U.S. foreign policy, Stone said that Israel had distorted “United States foreign policy for years,” adding he felt U.S. policy toward Iran was “horrible.”
“Iran isn’t necessarily the good guy,” Stone said, insisting that Americans did not “know the full story.”
Stone’s comments to the Sunday times echo pervious remarks by the Hollywood director, regarding what he conceives as the distorted view of figures such as Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin in U.S. media.
Earlier this year, Stone, speaking at the at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena said that “Hitler is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it’s been used cheaply.”
Alert propaganda minister Oliver Stone:
Last week two Venezuelans, a 35-year old woman and a 41-year old man, were charged with making statements on Twitter critical of Venezuela’s banking system and face up to 11 years in prison, according to Reporters Without Borders. Fifteen more Internet users may face similar charges in the coming days.
He ain't heavy, he's my dictator
The hack director of a fawning new documentary about Hugo Chavez just told Larry King that in Venezuela “you can say anything you want.”
The Board of the World Association of Newspapers has strongly condemned the repression of freedom of speech and the press in Venezuela, and has called on President Hugo Chávez to stop proposed legislation and other measures aimed at silencing the independent press.
“The government “has once again threatened to apply military measures and repression against the media and to enact new and pending legislation limiting freedom of the press,” said the WAN Board in a resolution which was passed on the eve of the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum, which brought more than 1,000 newspaper executives to Istanbul, Turkey, for the global meetings of the world’s press.
In cracking down on the opposition press, Venezuela has recently created a government-controlled committee to regulate the content of news broadcasting and has reopened discussions that would criminalize libel statutes. Recently, the majority of pro-government members of Congress have approved a petition that asks the Attorney General to annul the nationality of several Venezuelan journalists, media owners and other opposition personalities.”
Chavez has also aligned with the fundamentalist thugs who rule Iran, a fact the propagandist Stone chooses to ignore. Useful idiot, indeed.
Sean Penn can be such an insufferable dipshit. Last Friday, appearing in the echo chamber with Bill Maher, Penn suggested prison time for reporters who tell the truth about Venezuelan DICTATOR Hugo Chavez.
“[E]very day, this elected leader is called a dictator here, and we just accept it! And accept it. And this is mainstream media, who should – truly, there should be a bar by which one goes to prison for these kinds of lies.”
How ’bout prison time for useful idiots like Penn?
Oliver Stone’s valentine to Hugo Chavez is likely to conjure memories of Fred Barnes’ mash note to W. — or the Senor Spielbergo biopic, “A Burns for All Seasons.”
Regarding Chavez’s critics, Stone says, “Why do you seek out the dark side when the guy is doing good things?” Such as his embrace of Ahmadinejad, or this:
“What we are witnessing is the most comprehensive assault on free speech in Venezuela since Chávez came to power,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “With the exception of Cuba, Venezuela is the only country in the region that shows such flagrant disregard for universal standards of freedom of expression.”
But why would an artist like Stone care about something as trite as freedom of expression?
He’s consolidating power and silencing dissent, just as you’d expect from a Marxist thug. “Freedom of expression must be limited,” Chavez’s attorney general said while lobbying for new restrictions on Venezuela’s news media.
Former Honduras President Manuel Zelaya attempted a similar power grab before being removed from office. Even his own party opposed Zelaya’s bid to eliminate presidential term limits.
To put this all in an American perspective, swap out Honduras for the United States, and insert President Bush’s name in place of President Zelaya’s in all the above paragraphs. The world has witnessed these kind of extra-Constitutional power grabs by everyone from Adolf Hitler to Ferdinand Marcos to Hugo Chavez. The law of the land in Honduras was followed to the letter by everyone but Zelaya.
Why, then, are we — along with the EU and UN — meddling?
On principle, he asserts, but why say anything? The ousted Honduran president is allied with Chavez and Castro, and his departure should be quietly welcomed by the U.S. administration. Hell, Zelaya’s own political party wonders if he’s mentally fit to remain in office.
I understand opposing military coups. I don’t understand speaking out when one manages to overthrow a Marxist thug with autocratic impulses.
Just say nothing.