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NY Times on Castro’s “Resignation” (Updated)

John on February 19, 2008 at 9:30 am

In addition to the NY Times coverage, get a load of the e-mail CNN bigwigs sent to their news anchors:

Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.

Wouldn’t want to be unfair to the dictator who oppressed and bankrupted his entire nation, you know.

[HT: HotAir]

Newsbusters notes some first-rate lefty bias at (where else) the NY Times:

The “charismatic” Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s shock retirement for health reasons is covered on the New York Times web site this morning by James McKinley Jr., writing from Mexico City — “Fidel Castro Resigns as Cuba’s President.”

President Castro? Was there nothing stronger in the NYT thesaurus this morning?

By contrast, when right-wing dictator Augusto Pinochet died in December 2006, the headline that greeted him was (emphasis added): “Augusto Pinochet, Dictator Who Ruled by Terror in Chile, Dies at 91.”

Here’s what that headline today should have read: “Dictator Castro Hands Power to Brother.” The Times does note that he was “totalitarian” in the article itself, but the overall impression is of a mixed record:

His record has been a mix of great social achievements, but a dismal economic performance that has mired most Cubans in poverty. He succeeded in establishing universal health care, providing free education through college and largely rooting out racism.”

As I’ve noted before, the health care claim is propaganda. The care available to most Cubans is second rate at best and often involves bribing doctors or being left at the bottom of endless queues.

Also worth noting, is this list of liberal paeans to Castro featured on Michelle’s site:

“Very selfless and moral. One of the world’s wisest men.” –Oliver Stone.

“Cuba’s Elvis.” –Dan Rather.

“Castro is at the same time the island, the men, the cattle, and the earth. He is the whole island.” –Jean Paul-Sartre.

“A dream come true!” –Naomi Campbell.

“If you believe in freedom, if you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, you have no choice but to support Fidel Castro!” –Harry Belafonte.

There’s more if you click over. The idiocy of the Hollywood crowd should never be underestimated, nor should the type of totalitarian society they’d like to see here in America go unnoticed. These people are blithering idiots, folks. Heed them at your peril.

Castro is succeeded (without an election of course) by his brother Raul. Fidel himself will die — whether in a few days or months — in luxury and comfort unlike most of the people he’s “helped” the last 49 years. Good riddance.

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