Sean Penn Hails Hugo Chavez, Hits Fox News
Posted: Friday, October 5, 2007
October 3rd 2007,
by Editor & Publisher
Actor Sean Penn on David Letterman's Late Show (CBS). NEW YORK Sean Penn, appearing with David Letterman on CBS on Monday night, defended his recent visit with Venezuelan leader Huge Chavez, and said there is indeed freedom of expression for the media in that country.
"I found him a very fascinating guy," Penn said, referring to Chavez. "He’s done incredible things for the 80% of the people who are poor there."
Asked why he visited, Penn quipped, "I felt almost invited to go by Pat Robertson, because he was encouraging that Chavez be assassinated, and I always can assume that whatever he says it ought to be the opposite."
When Letterman said that from he'd read, Chavez must be "nuts" or at least "wacky." Penn replied: "I think if people have oil in the ground they are called wacky.
He also defended media freedom in that country. "One of things said about him is that he shut down a television station," Penn said. "Since 1998 they had been encouraging the assassination of Chavez every day.
So he just did not re-up their license.'''
Penn disputed "the idea that there is no freedom of expression there," explaining, "the loons of Fox News are broadcast there every day."
He was on the show promoting his new film, "Into the Wild."
See the exchange between Letterman and Penn here.