It was 4 years in the past this weekend that Cuba’s Fidel Castro was buried. Relatively than focus totally on how repressive he had been, many shops couldn’t cease themselves from hailing the murderous dictator. Cheering his work on well being care and literacy, they targeted much less on the killing and the jailing. On the December 4, 2016 NBC Nightly Information Morgan Radford appeared caught up within the drama of the funeral, recounting, “Tears of sorrow and cries of patriotism. 1000’s lined the streets to greet the caravan of Fidel Castro’s ashes.” She touted, “His stays arriving within the metropolis the place his revolution was born.”
Radford discovered a girl who cried, “I really feel unhappy as a result of I really feel like I lose my father.” One other touted “His concepts will at all times be with us.” The reporter closed by summarizing, “A remaining farewell to a pacesetter with an advanced legacy.” What was that legacy, precisely? She did not clarify.
As the MRC’s Brent Baker noted, Andrea Mitchell saluted the dictator for “dramatically improv[ing] well being care and literacy.” Journalists have been parroting that speaking level for years. In 2002, Barbara Walters infamously insisted, “For Castro, freedom begins with schooling. And if literacy alone had been the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of many freest nations on Earth.”
In fact, if freedom was the yardstick for freedom, Castro’s Cuba wouldn’t achieve this nicely.
(For extra examples of over-the-top gushing throughout Castro’s funeral, see a submit by the MRC’s Rich Noyes.)
Persevering with The New York Instances‘s sample of flattering communist dictators, the paper on December 4, 2016 provided this headline: “A Man So Massive in a Field So Small.” The Associated Press topped that, saluting the “near-religious farewell to the person who dominated the nation for practically 50 years.
In a second that completely symbolized the failure of communism, the jeep carrying Castro’s physique broke down throughout the funeral. In fact, the community newscasts ignored it. However Conan O’Brien didn’t. On his December 5, 2016 TBS show, he mocked, “On Saturday, the hearse carrying Fidel Castro’s stays broke down and needed to be pushed. The hearse was being by pushed Cuba’s minister of metaphors.”
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