VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT PULLS PLUG ON OPPOSITION TV STATION
FITSNews – May 28, 2007 – When Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez sees something he doesn’t like on television, he doesn’t just reach for the remote control, he shuts down the entire TV station and replaces it with one sympathetic to his socialist ideology. Talk about doing some hard core channel surfing, not to mention obliterating one of the few remaining democratic components of Chavez’s so-called “democratic socialism.” To wit:
“This has exposed the abusive, arbitrary and autocratic nature of Chavez’s government, a government that fears free thought, that fears opinion and fears criticism,” said Marcel Granier, chief of RCTV, the country’s oldest broadcaster.
Preach on, Marcel. You know, it’s stuff like this that reminds us how glad we are to live in America, especially on Memorial Day. That’s because there’s pride in knowing that a lot of brave women and men have fought and died to make sure that you – not the government – get to hang onto the remote control. Now if we can just get Sic Willie to stop watching baseball all the damn time …