. . . Hugo Chavez isn’t a dictator. Why, the very idea should be pooh-poohed!
And relatedly, Oliver Stone isn’t completely gullible. Wherever would one get such a silly notion?
Every step of the way, Stone is by, and on, on [Chavez's] side. He raises no tough issues, some of which are summarized in Amnesty International’s 2009 report on Venezuela: “Attacks on journalists were widespread. Human-rights defenders continued to suffer harassment. Prison conditions provoked hunger strikes in facilities across the country.” Referring to the 2006 election in which Chávez won a third term, Stone tells viewers that “90% of the media was opposed to him,” and yet he prevailed. “There is a lesson to be learned,” Stone says. Yes: support the man in power, or your newspaper, radio station or TV network may be in jeopardy.