Media Finds a Dictator to Criticize

by Mike on December 13, 2006

in Politics

Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center has a great piece on the media’s coverage of dictators. Following the recent death of Augusto Pinochet, the media ran article after article slamming the former Chilean dictator. Fair enough. The man was responsible for some 3000 deaths. But why the epiphany on dictators and thugs?

As Bozell points out, the MSM typically fawns over Communist leaders. You’ve heard it before. Castro has a great health care system! Deng Xiaoping was a reformer! They can’t get enough of these people. But what did Pinochet do that was worse than Uncle Joe Stalin? He implemented free-market capitalism, hence the outrage.

Force Catholic churches underground in China? No big deal. Imprison dissidents in Cuba? So what, they have free band aids for everybody. Che’s executions? He was giving land to poor people.

The media often looks the other way when a dictator oppresses his people, so long as the dictator believes in the redistribution of wealth. Pinochet oppressed his people as well, albeit to a far lesser extent than the MSM heroes. But he also allowed the people to keep the money they earned. Apparently that’s the atrocity.

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