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Geraldo: Chavez "Communist dictator"

Reported by Chrish - May 24, 2007 -

After a smashing segment featuring Phalid Wares and Dan Senor, substitute host Geraldo Rivera resorted to FOX disinformation on the Big Story 5/23/07. Introducing a piece on actor/director Danny Glover collaborating with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, Rivera characterized it as Glover "teaming up with Communist dictator Hugo Chavez." He corrected himself, "really a socialist, Chavez" as the graphic screamed "The Director and the Dictator."

Chavez is helping to finance two new movies by newbie director Glover and "critics" say the films may put a 'lethal weapon' into the hands of a man who does not like US policy. Enter Congressman Connie Mack (R-FL), accusing Glover of becoming part of a "propaganda machine" for Chavez.

The films will be about Venezuelan Simon Bolivar and the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint Louverture, both viewed as liberators who fought against colonial oppression. Mark Weisbrot from the Center for Economic & Policy research was seen saying that it's great that these films are going to be made, as the subject matter is not something Hollywood would fund. Back to Mack, who repeats that it's wrong for any American to participate in the "propaganda mchine."

Doug Kennedy, who read the report, and Rivera briefly discussed whether it's wrong for Glover to take money from someone who turns his nose up at his country, and acknowledge that staes in the US routinely pay filmmakers to come shoot in their state. Rivera just wishes Chavez will keep giving his oil to the poor and urges him to give it all away.

It was a pointless segment, except to link Glover again to Chavez and remind viewers how bad ("anti-Bush") Chavez is (ergo, Glover bad, film bad. Grunt.) And to allow Rivera, who no doubt knows better, to label Chavez a "Communist dictator."

If we're spreading democracy at the end of a gun in the Middle East, why are we simultaneously tearing it down in this hemisphere?