“My nation is hardly perfect in human rights. A very large number of our citizens are incarcerated in prison, and there is little doubt that the death penalty is imposed most harshly on those who are poor, black, or mentally ill. For more than a quarter century, we have struggled unsuccessfully to guarantee the basic right of universal health care for our people. …but Cuba has superb systems of health care and universal education.” (Speech by Jimmy Carter at the University of Havana on May 14, 2002 which was broadcast throughout Castro’s island-wide fiefdom and trumpeted worldwide by all “news” agencies that earned Havana Bureaus.)
Thus did a former President of the United States prostrate himself before a regime that jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s and murdered (in absolute numbers) more political prisoners in its first three years in power (out of a population of 6.4 million) than Hitler’s murdered in its first six years (out of a population of 70 million.) Not to mention that Pres. Carter’s host insulted his nation as “a vulture preying on humanity!” and came within a hair of nuking it.
“Medical care (in Cuba) was once for the privileged few. Today it is available to every Cuban and it is free....Health and education are the revolution’s great success stories.” (Peter Jennings, World News Tonight, April 3, 1989)
“Castro has brought great healthcare to his country” (ABC’s Barbara Walters, Oct. 11, 2002)
“Even today, Cuba has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world.” (Katie Couric reporting on NBC’s Today, February 13, 1992)
“Frankly, to be a poor child in Cuba may in many instances be better than being a poor child in Miami, and I’m not going to condemn their lifestyle so gratuitously.” (Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift on The McLaughlin Group, April 8, 2000)
Unluckily for the above “news analysts” and Human Rights spokespersons, the people cursed by fate to live under Castro/Stalinism have a drastically different story to tell, as we already saw here.
And even more unluckily for Castro and his MSM auxiliaries, the internet has pulled a stunning and (to them) infuriating end run around his traditional MSM defenses. So word is getting out. Which means the story is getting even better (meaning horribly worse) and the rotten egg on the face of Castro’s media courtesans gets even thicker and more malodorous as week chases week.
During that cold snap in mid-January Cuban dissidents snuck out (by internet) a report claiming that over forty patients had somehow frozen to death in Cuba’s Mazorra mental hospital (not far from the one featured in Sicko.) Cuba’s Stalinist regime--along with the journalistic valets, eunuchs and courtesans to whom it grants press bureaus and “journalist visas”-- were utterly mum on the matter, however.
It took three days (as the word spread through the mostly Spanish language web) but finally the Stalinist regime issued a terse and exculpatory press release on the matter.
Just last week, pictures of some of the dead were snuck out of Cuba, which proved that hypothermia alone was not the cause of death, any more than it was the cause of the death for the prisoners at Dachau or Buchenwald. Horrific malnutrition and savage beatings were plain to see for anyone genuinely interested in the causes.
Needless to add, such interested parties do not include any of the journalistic valets, eunuchs and courtesans who have earned “press” bureaus and “journalist” visas from Castro. True to form, these dutifully connived with Cuba’s Stalinist regime, as they have for half a century, to hide the catalogue of Castroite horrors.
But don’t take my word for it. Apparently tormented by their consciences, two Spanish Journalists have just released mea-culpa books (sadly available only in Spanish) about this conniving. “Self-censorship is a very common practice,” one writes. “No journalist on the island can write the truth of what happens there.” Whatever their faults, at least these Spanish journalists finally came clean. On the other hand, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, Andrea Mitchell, Ted Turner, Herbert Matthews, etc. etc. etc?
The Cuban health stories ignored or buried by the MSM would require an entire 24-hour network broadcasting for five decades to disclose. Senor Marzo Fernandez, an economist who (until defecting in 1996) served as Secretary General of Castro’s Ministry of Nutrition, gets us started.
“The average height of Cubans has decreased by 8 centimeters in the past 25 years.” He reported on Miami television. “For the first time in Cuban history, thousands of Macrocepahlic children (abnormally large heads in proportion to their bodies) due to protein (primarily milk) deficiencies have been found in the eastern provinces.”
This in a country that prior to the glorious revolution enjoyed a lower infant-mortality rate and more doctors and dentists per-capita than half of European countries, plus a larger middle class than Switzerland
Back when Alan Colmes had his cushy job on Fox, he berated your humble servant here: “Oh! OK! So NOW 40 years after his death all of a sudden YOU discover all this horrible stuff about Cuba Che Guevara!”
“No, no, no,” I patiently explained to greatly learned Mr Colmes. Many have been documenting and broadcasting accounts of Castro and Che Guevara’s butcheries, imbecilities and cowardice for decades -- but the mainstream media was too busy eating out of Castro’s hand like trained pigeons to pay attention. So these horrors could never make it past the mainstream media filter…Well Alan -- hate to break the news to you, buddy-- but your side’s media monopoly is over!
Humberto Fontova holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University and is the author of four books including his latest, The Longest Romance; The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. For more information and for video clips of his Television and college speaking appearances please visit www.hfontova.com.