And the ‘Least Effective Attempt to Convince America That Hugo Chavez Isn’t a Dictator’ Award Goes To…


You guessed it!

Sean Penn, the part time actor and full time spokesman for the Hugo Chavez Office of Public Relations, US Chapter, was on Bill Maher’s show talking about Hugo Chavez, who Penn met on

Here’s what Penn thinks should happen to people who “falsely” accuse Chavez of being a dictator:

PENN: The collaborative opportunity in Haiti, when you talk about Hugo Chavez, and some of the other people who are demonized [think Castro], and you know, when some of these countries accuse us of an occupation — where I believe this was strictly a humanitarian action by the United States military, and an incredible one – I’m a little sympathetic. Because every 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.

Good argument. Saying that people who speak their minds should be thrown in prison will go a long way in convincing the world that Chavez isn’t a dictator. I’d say it also doesn’t help convince us that Penn isn’t a moron, but we already knew that.

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