Have you been noticing how the American Left’s Second-Favorite Dictator has been clamping down on free speech in Venezuela? First, he shut down a television network that was extremely critical of his regime and replaced it with a state-run station. Now he’s trying to sue CNN into silence.
Venezuela says it will file charges against US cable network CNN for linking President Hugo Chavez to Al Qaeda.
It says it will also sue a Venezuelan TV network for encouraging Mr Chavez’s assassination.
The move comes a day after popular Venezuelan TV network RCTV went off the air after the Chavez Government cancelled its broadcast licence.
Information Minister William Lara has presented what he says is CNN footage displaying pictures of Mr Chavez juxtaposed with those of an Al Qaeda leader.
Mr Lara says CNN also aired a story about the Venezuelan protests but used images taken in Mexico of an unrelated story.
“CNN broadcast a lie which linked President Chavez to violence and murder,” he said.
This is one of the basic bully-boy tactics we’ve seen from socialists for years. Mostly, it’s bluster and bloviation. But it will cost CNN some money to fend off the frivolous suit and there is a chance, if Chavez wins in a court that he pretty much owns, he could force CNN off the air in Venezuela. That’s what he’s really after – total control of the airwaves.
For all the horrible misuse of the word “fascist” in the past seven years, this is what fascism really looks like.