CNBC Anchor: Hugo Chávez is 'Funny,' 'Charming,' 'A Seductor,' but 'Dangerous'
What is it with Hollywood personalities going to
On Oct. 7, at an appearance at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. promoting her book “You Know I'm Right: More Prosperity, Less Government,” the proudly libertarian co-host of CNBC's “Power Lunch” Michelle Caruso-Cabrera explained how this could happen. She told an audience that Chávez has a very charismatic, yet seductive personality.
“I was telling – my two most interesting interviews I think I’ve ever done are Milton Friedman, very influential on me, and also Hugo Chávez, because when I interviewed him I was struck by how much I like him,” she explained. “He’s very funny. He is so charming. He is smooth. He could be a stand-up comedian. He is a seductor, as I suspect most dictators are – that’s how they get to where they are.”
Seductive isn’t probably how most view Chávez, who over the last 12 years has compiled quite the list of human rights violations. But Caruso-Cabrera’s observation gives us insights on why Danny Glover, Sean Penn and Oliver Stone come back from visits to
“I got a very clear sense of how dangerous I think he is because clearly what’s happening in
Chillingly, Caruso-Cabrera likened him to other personalities.
“It reminded me of actually serial killers that I interviewed in
“Wonder how far we can take that analogy?” Cato Institute Senior Fellow and Business & Media Institute Advisory Board Member Dan Mitchell added.