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Right of center Americans have been ridiculing Sean Penn for years but he’s had his critics on the left as well. The Daily Beast recently joined that small group of left-wing sources critical of Penn with a devastating piece lambasting Penn’s pretensions at being a social commentator and journalist.

There is no doubt that Penn is a skilled actor. He’s turned out some wonderful performances over the years and deserves acclaim for it. But his penchant to support murderers, oppressors, and dictators makes of him a clown of of the first order in his off-screen life.

For the left-leaning Daily Beast, Michael Moynihan was sharply critical of both Penn’s self-assigned label of journalist and his cozying up to oppressive dictators and did so in no uncertain terms at that.

Of Penn’s bloviating as a self-proclaimed journalist, Moynihan was unsparing.

Reading Penn’s journalism is not unlike consuming a [Fidel] Castro speech: it’s unbearably long, always rambling and tedious, and frequently incoherent. Take this latest dispatch from Penn’s Huffington Post blog, where he coughs up this furball: “Ostreicher, whose innocence was maligned by an arrest where only vague illusions to money laundering have been shown to be fabricated by corrupt officials within the Bolivian judiciary, whose motivation has proven to be extortion.”

Or how about this stew of words, which is apparently related to the shootings in Newtown, Conn.: “This can, and is, being very easily exampled with newly invigorated discussions with attention on the recognition and treatment of mental health, and certainly that is a priority. And to be responsible to that priority, we too have to recognize its applicability to the mental health of our American community at large.”

As a wordsmith, Sean Penn wields his keyboard as if using a sledgehammer to chisel glass.



  1. CrustyB

    December 31st, 2012

    I haven’t seen illiteracy like that since Obama’s letters in the Harvard Review.

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  2. BILL

    December 31st, 2012

    “I haven’t seen illiteracy like that since Obama’s letters in the Harvard Review.”

    did obama also get hit in the head with sneakers like spiccoli?

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  3. Poonces

    December 31st, 2012

    Sean was a lot more coherent when he was playing a stoner. But then he was reading what someone else wrote, and not relying on his own command of the language.

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  4. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 31st, 2012

    …Michael Moynihan was sharply critical of both Penn’s self-assigned label of journalist and his cozying up to oppressive dictators…

    Because a socialist dictator like Chavez gives socialism a bad name so Penn should instead be cozying up to socialist dictators like 0bama because he’s the Messiah.

    Sorry Mr. Moynihan. I’m not buying the libtard standby of “that socialist leader is bad but our socialist leader is good.” You WON’T get it right next time. There is no correct socialism. You helped put 0bama in power again and he’s no better than Chavez. Socialism will always devolve into genocide. If you try to point to a socialist gov’t that hasn’t, give it time.

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  5. Unruly Refugee

    December 31st, 2012

    As a “wordsmith” Penn wields his words like a dirty old wino vomiting on a flat rock.

    Why in hell would anybody give that clown any credibility? Damn 0bama voters!

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  6. Death_By_Farts

    December 31st, 2012

    He’s a guy who’s made a living making movies, aka pretending to be someone else all his life.

    Are we supposed to take him seriously?
    Why doesn’t he move to Venezuella already??

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  7. scr_north

    December 31st, 2012

    Doesn’t HuffnPuff employ editors or is Sean Penn kind of the in-house joke among the staff? You have to think that his blogs/stories/ramblings/acid-tinged tirades are read by staff before they are posted and released with the incoherence intact. As much as I despise Penn maybe somone at HuffnPuff should suggest ESL courses for him.

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  8. Tim

    December 31st, 2012

    Darn it, it just ain’t nice to make fun of the retarded …

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  9. ForExample

    December 31st, 2012

    @Stranded in Sonoma

    That’s not the point Michael Moynihan was trying to make. He’s no libtard, he’s very libertarian and a frequent guest on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld on Fox News.

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  10. Rage against the ObamaRegime

    December 31st, 2012

    Looks like an idiot, sounds like an idiot. Good enough for me. He’s an idiot.

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