I have to give credit where credit is due. In this case this credit certainly goes to Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. He has learned a very important skill in the process of getting what you want, the best interests of the people be damned. You see the key way to do this is to couch all of your efforts in the spirit of "working against the enemy". You sell your flock on this notion and then, watch out, the world is your oyster.
In this case Mr. Chavez has convinced the unwashed masses, and his leftist supporters in the United States that in shutting down the most popular television station in the country he has instead done a good thing. They were promoting filth on screen. He is going to replace the station with more wholesome content, you know - government owned propaganda.
What gets me the most is that there is a large Black leftist faction in the United States who have a soft spot for Chavez in their heart. Since Fidel Castro is on his last legs they have turned him in for a younger model. I can only ask - if a political figure in the United States yanked the license of let's say Pacifica Radio or Link TV for strictly political purposes as they too are highly critical of our government - how would our leftist American friends respond?
Thus far I have heard nothing from Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Cornel West nor Tavis Smiley on the subject of Hugo Chavez's act of censorship. They all visited the man over the past few years. They believed that it was important that this man be allowed to express his voice concerning the imperialistic actions of the United States on this southern continent and the damage that was done. If only they had a similar concern about the voice of the opposition to Chavez - who actually live under his rule - and they show concern about their expression. Chavez, the great liberator, has just taken away their voice.