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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hollywood adulation of Venezuela’s socialist government proven wrong -- again

The actor clearly admired the socialist leader – taking in sports games with him and greeting him publicly with embraces at airports. gushed over the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, describing him as a Robin Hood of sorts, a revolutionary wonder. And when Vice President Nicolas Maduro, Chavez’s hand-picked successor, became head of state, Penn said he would continue to lift Venezuela. Directors Michael Moore and Oliver Stone as well as actor Danny Glover also made it a virtual mission to hold up Chavez and the socialist changes of the so-called Bolivarian Revolution. U.S. writers and lawmakers joined the Chavista parade of admirers. Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson joined Penn in attending Chavez’s funeral in 2013. More…

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