Posted by on 3 October, 2007 at 11:44 am. 7 comments already!


The institution known as the Twin Cities Conservative found an easy target to label as “Today’s Villain.” Sean Penn, upon returning from a meeting with DICTATOR Hugo Chavez, castigated Fox News while praising erstwhile Venezuelan despot while promoting a new film on the Late Show with David Letterman.

I found an interesting reaction to Penn from Radar Online. Can you say double-standard? Can you say hypocrite? Note the following: “In a prescient, hard-edged open-letter to President Bush before the Iraq war, Penn indicted the president for his ‘intolerance of debate’ and ‘marginalization of your critics.’ And after his highly publicized trip to Iran in 2005, Penn wrote about the lack of free speech there and the courage of those who spoke against the oppressive Iranian regime nonetheless.”

“But when it comes to Chavez’s repression of the media (as he vastly expands his unilateral powers), it seems Penn may refrain from any criticism in the upcoming article. He suggested to Letterman that the media outlet Chavez shut down earlier this year would have received much harsher treatment here in the states, noting that the ‘loons on Fox News broadcast there every day.’”

What a joke…check out the transcript of his appearance on Letterman’s show:

Sean Penn Hails Hugo Chavez, Hits Fox News

By E&P Staff

Published: October 02, 2007 4:30 PM ET

NEW YORK Sean Penn, appearing with David Letterman on CBS on Monday night, defended his recent visit with Venezuelan leader Huge Chavez, and said there is indeed freedom of expression for the media in that country.

"I found him a very fascinating guy," Penn said, referring to Chavez. "He’s done incredible things for the 80% of the people who are poor there."

Asked why he visited, Penn quipped, "I felt almost invited to go by Pat Robertson, because he was encouraging that Chavez be assassinated, and I always can assume that whatever he says it ought to be the opposite."

When Letterman said that from he’d read, Chavez must be "nuts" or at least "wacky." Penn replied: "I think if people have oil in the ground they are called wacky.

He also defended media freedom in that country. "One of things said about him is that he shut down a television station," Penn said. "Since 1998 they had been encouraging the assassination of Chavez every day.
So he just did not re-up their license.”’

Penn disputed "the idea that there is no freedom of expression there," explaining, "the loons of Fox News are broadcast there every day."

He was on the show promoting his new film, "Into the Wild."

crossposted at The Twin Cities Conservative

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