Humberto Fontova
Let's excuse our intrepid "watchdog" MSM. They're too busy rummaging through Sarah Palin's garbage to report on the actual sayings and doings by our actual Government officials. So here's report from Britain's Guardian on a speech by Alec Ross, the U.S. State Department's "Senior Advisor on Innovation": "Dictatorships are now more vulnerable than they have ever been before," he proclaimed at the Innovate Conference in London this week. "One thesis statement I want to emphasize is how (the internet) disrupts the exercise of power...because of the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual...the Internet has become the Che Guevara of 21st Century."

Imagine the MSM snarkiness and uproar, if somewhere in Sarah Palin's e-mail garbage bins, they scrounged up an item where she equates internet freedom with the co-founder of the regime that Freedom House rates as among the 3 most repressive on earth against the internet, where bloggers were being jailed and tortured for the crime of blogging, while she wrote the message. Because in fact, Cubans were being jailed and tortured for blogging while the U.S. State Department's senior advisor on "internet freedom" hailed the Cuban regime's co-founder as the emblem of internet freedom.

Imagine the media snarkiness and uproar if Sarah Palin claimed that "dictatorships are now more vulnerable" then equated the co-founder of the most enduring Stalinist dictatorship in modern history with the enemy of dictatorships.

"I have sworn before a picture of the old and mourned comrade Stalin that I won't rest until I see these capitalist octopuses annihilated!" (Ernesto "Che" Guevara, 1956.)

Imagine the MSM uproar and snarkiness if Sarah Palin linked "the devolution of power from the nation state to the individual" with a man who worshipped Joseph Stalin, who signed his correspondence "Stalin II," who as chief KGB liaison for a Stalinist regime proclaimed that 'Individualism must disappear! It is criminal to think in terms of individuals! Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates! Youth should learn to think and act as a mass." In a famous speech Che Guevara even vowed, "to make individualism disappear from Cuba! It is criminal to think of individuals!"


Humberto Fontova

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.