This is apparently what happens when you take over the media, and then give people a choice.
As we have discussed, communist dictator Hugo Chavez has systematically shut down, harassed, or jailed any outlet in their media that has the temerity to disagree with the Venezuelan tyrant. Now, with all other media voices silenced, all the Venezuelan people get to hear is Hugo, 24-7. Can’t get away from the propaganda if it’s on every station and in every paper.
Now, in one circumstance, the people had a choice. Notorious moonbat, Oliver Stone, decided to make a gushing propaganda piece to honor Hugo’s oppression of the masses. Here is what happened.
The Venezuelan people are forced to suffer through a marathon of Hugo Chavez appearances on their own television sets. Anything less than total adoration of the weekly host of “Aló Presidente” is severely punished. So with all this unwanted overexposure to the overbearing El Jefe, is it any wonder that Venezuelans are somewhat less than enthusiastic about shelling out their money to watch yet more homage paid to Chavez by filmmaker Oliver Stone in the form of his documentary, South of the Border? As Variety reports, the latest Stone film has turned into a complete bomb in Chavez’s own economically troubled country:
Despite a PR and marketing blitz that had Oliver Stone on a whirlwind tour of Latin America, his latest documentary “South of the Border” has sunk like a rock at the Venezuelan box office.
Local observers in Venezuela have reported empty cinemas, indicating a stunning indifference to Stone’s pic, a documentary about South American leaders that devotes a hefty amount of screen time to the country’s President Hugo Chavez. In the 12 days after its June 4 debut, it grossed only $18,601 on 20 screens, according to Global Rentrak. Showings on mobile screens in rural areas (where Chavez has more popular support) have attracted crowds, but these screenings are free.
So, when the people had a choice, they chose not to show up. It seems that even when the dictator controlls all media, he still hasn’t broken all of the people. Then again, that’s why Chavez took over the schools. A generation or two of brainwashing, both in the schools and from the media, and the people will be drones-perfect citzens for the socialist state. Consider that when you read about Cass Sunstein, Mark Lloyd, the FCC, and all of the media attacks against ourselves, take radio, and FOX. Come to think of it, consider what the dictator Chavez is doing when we talk about education/indoctrination, as well as the fact that the MSM has lost half of their audience.
In the end, when “free” people are allowed to choose freedom vs. socialism, they choose freedom. That’s why communist dictators like Chavez, and our “progressives,” wish to curtail free speech.
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