Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hugo on the Red Carpet

September 8, 2009 | Posted by John at 8:32 PM | Powerline

What is the fascination that reporters and show business personalities have with tyrants? Someone should write a book about it; probably someone already has. The phenomenon recurs over and over again. It's been familiar at least since the 1930s, when Western journalists, entertainers and other intellectuals waxed rhapsodic over both varieties of socialism, Marxian and national, regardless of the millions who were being murdered by their idols of the moment. It seems that, repeatedly across the decades, the people in Western societies who are the least perceptive, the least suspicious and the least rational in their assessment of tyrants are journalists and entertainers. (Subject, of course, to some notable exceptions--Ronald Reagan, for example, was an entertainer, and even in today's debased journalistic world we have people like Jake Tapper.)

see pictures of Hugo Chavez signing autographs

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