Progressives Love Free Speech?

Oh contraire, rabbit! I mentioned back in early December that Venezualan strongman Hugo Chavez was planning on shutting down TV stations that he doesn't like. Now, he is actually doing it

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will not renew the licence for the country's second largest TV channel which he says expires in March 2007.

In an address to troops, Mr Chavez said he would not tolerate media outlets working towards a coup against him.

Radio Caracas Television, which is aligned with the opposition, supported a strike against Mr Chavez in 2003.

The move could help silence some of his critics in the media who have been a thorn in his side for several years, he says

Reading the full story, I read a tone from the BBC, a television station itself, that this is A-OK. Notice the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs, which seem to set up a means to label RCT as evil.

The head of the station says that the license doesn't expire next year, so will Chavez just go ahead and shut it down? Time will tell.

Freedom of the Press, and dissent, is a vital part of the American Constitution. The Left has continuously railed against the so-called loss of those freedoms, sans evidence, since the beginning of the Bush presidency. They say everyone should have those freedoms. Let's see what the Hufftards feel about this

  •  When does the license for Fox News come up for renewal?
  •  Can't say as I blame him. It is, after all, funded by the CIA.
  •  Don't give shrub any ideas, or else it'll be all faux news all the time.
  •  Viva Chavez!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can he please help us yank Murdoch's license?
  • Now I can see how speech gets banned in socialist societies. Leftist dupes will come up with just about any rationale for why their dear leader had to crush opposition speech. It's kind of scary to witness. (from a Righty. I thought the comment was worth excerpting, since the Hufftards were working hard to rationalize)
  • Good for Chavez, he knows that the bUSHIT's will howl and whine about him doing this. What did those who tried to illegally overthrow him in 2002 with the support of the CIA think he would do? For him not to do this would make him a patsy to his political enemies and they would have no respect for him. As for the US MSM they'll go bonkers but it's just to cover up their own complicity for being synchophants for the bUSHIT'es and hide their roll as being mere organs of government propaganda.
  • History has proven that both unfettered capitalism and purely state/people legislated economies are recipies for disaster. Both undermine the human faith that is necessary for an economy to thrive and prosper for the benefit of all citizens. (pretty much a deflection, but gives a good insight into the mind of a Progressive)

They are so cute at that age, eh? This actually gives a good insight into what the Dems would want to do with their "fairness doctrine." Many, many of the comments delve into the illiberal seething over Fox News.

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2 Responses to “Progressives Love Free Speech?”

  1. Chief RZ says:

    Progressive? NOT. Communist, yes. Typical. Next will come their version of an Iron Curtain.

  2. As a Communist I’m in favor of keeping *Faux News on the air. Free speech is essential for a working democracy and Faux New’s methodology can help Communism.

    Most MSM news corps don’t have much to offer in the way of true freedom of speech although they may accidentally, on occasion, let something slide past their corporate/political interest groups and allow a regular person to truly exercise their first amendment rights. Faux News, on the other hand, doesn’t just announce the approved news like most news corporations. They’re more selective and maniacal. They [Faux News] bring parties from both sides of an issue on to their programs. They praise the ones that their corporate/political interest groups agree with but then abuse, “out-shout”, shun and thus shut-up those who they disagree with (censorship anyone?). This gives the illusion of free speech and a “balanced” viewpoint. The omission of a true dialog is just as bad as lying. Observe Faux News with this concept in mind and you will find this to be true.

    As we all know, Faux News’s primary function is to set national conservative talking points and to address issues that concern conservative voters. Most of these talking points and issues are targeted at further disenfranchising brown people and the working poor (see[]: “wage slave” or “walmart employee”). With the help of Faux News to focus and homogenize the already ill informed conservative voter pool the more policies are enacted that are in favor of disenfranchising these people. This specific targeting creates a mass of angry people and thus provides potential recruits for “communist” groups like the ACLU, the Democratic Party and even the Communist Party itself! An angry populace makes for great revolutionaries! Keep up the great work Faux News! Viva la Operation: Foot-Bullet!

    Chief RZ: McCarthyism has been dead for over 50 years. Edward R. Murrow exposed McCarthy for the truly and unquestionably evil and power-hungry man he was. Get over it.

    *Info for the dummies: faux means means “fake” in French.

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