CNN’s Larry King: Hugo Chávez ‘fascinating’ — ‘He loves the Cincinnati Reds’

The ability of Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez to charm celebrities seems to be a never-ending feat. Beyond the normal cast of characters, like Oliver Stone, Sean Penn and Danny Glover, Chávez has managed to add another fan to his roster.

As part of his departure tour from CNN, after 25 years at the network, King appeared on NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen’s Dec. 8 podcast and raved about his fascination with dictators, specifically Chávez.

“You know who’s fascinating?” King said. “Dictators. Chávez was fascinating, from Venezuela – one, because he’s a crazy baseball fan.”

According to King, Chávez is a fan of the Cincinnati Reds, which should give the people of Cincinnati something to hang their hats on, as well as a fan of the team’s manager, Dusty Baker.

“Talking to him before, he’s like a nut baseball fan,” King continued. “ And you would think of all the teams – who would he root for? The Cincinnati Reds. He loves the Cincinnati Reds. But how knowledgeable is he?  The last time I saw him – ‘What do you think of Dusty Baker? Did I tell ya?’ These guys know – if you know a sport, you get captivated by the sportscaster. But he really knows baseball. He used to play baseball.”

Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC anchor, once offered an explanation for Chávez’s ability to charm media and celebrity types. Having interviewed him previously, she recently described him for an audience at the Cato Institute as “funny,” “charming,” and “a seductor,” which she concluded as being “dangerous.”


  • Right is Right

    Will you please go away. I can not stand Larry King. Who dug up this idiot?

  • Cuthalu

    Progressives showing a love for dictatorships? Not all that suprised.

  • bozsbusiness

    What a surprise!! Larry King enamored of Hugo Chavez.

  • oc in nc

    Why am I not surprised he choose a “RED” team.

  • kurlis

    This is what “liberalism” has devolved into: a fascination with dictators; a wishing well for progressives no longer enamored of democracy.

  • pepito

    What a dolt! In Venezuela, Larry would be barred from having a show! Well, maybe not a CNN show. Actually CNN is in the tank with “Hugo the Censoring King”…