Monday, May 28, 2007

A Useful Idiot

Compare and contrast. This-

Venezuela's oldest private broadcaster has gone off the air, complying with an order by President Hugo Chavez that has drawn both condemnation and celebrations.

Police used water cannons to disperse stone-throwing protesters in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, shortly before Radio Caracas Television ceased broadcasting at midnight (0400 UTC Monday).

With this-

Venezuela is to give the American actor Danny Glover almost $18m (£9m) to make a film about a slave uprising in Haiti, with President Hugo Chávez hoping the historical epic will sprinkle Hollywood stardust on his effort to mobilise world public opinion against imperialism and western oppression.

Glover, 60, who starred with Mel Gibson in the Lethal Weapon series, and more recently with Eddie Murphy in the film DreamGirls, is a civil rights activist and supporter of Mr Chávez's radical leftwing policies

I guess Glover doesn't mind working for a dictator-in-making though. Seems an odd thing for a so-called civil rights activist to do, doesn't it? Until you factor in the "left wing" part of the equation- the left never seems to have much trouble in supporting totalitarian dictatorships that suppress opposition speech, so long as they have the right socialist credentials.

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