“Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has said he will not renew the license for the country’s second largest TV channel which he says expires in March 2007,” reports the BBC. “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.”
In the Cato policy analysis “Corruption, Mismanagement and Abuse of Power in Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela,” Gustavo Coronel details various forms of corruption under Chávez, which demand scrutiny by an active media: “The dramatic rise in corruption under Chávez is ironic since he came to power largely on an anti-corruption campaign platform. To truly fight corruption, the government needs to increase the transparency of its institutions and reduce its extensive involvement in the economy, something that has placed Venezuela among the least economically free countries in the world.”
The far left crows about how Chavez is great because he “stood up” to Bush, but they completely ignore that he has spooked investors who would invariably help Venezuela’s economy into a self-sustaining system.
How many Americans would tolerate Bush calling Keith Olbermann, Al Franken or Mike Molloy “coupist” or “terrorist” or shutting them down completely? Chavez, the enemy of your enemy, Bush, is NOT necessarily your friend.
It’s a shame that both sides can’t see how their leader “darlings” are each one wing of the same vulture that feeds on the misery of the individuals they exploit, abuse and kill with their government powers.