Humberto Fontova

“The terms scoundrel and traitor should precede every mention of Humberto Fontova!” raves the Castro regime’s captive (literally!) press. “Fontova’s books and columns are nothing but scandalous libels against our Revolution’s founders, Fidel and Che! Now he has another editorial outlet for his rants and libels against our leaders. Townhall has put him on their payroll of ranters against Obama, where he cuddles close to tacky and scummy blonds and brunettes.” (Ahora Townhall le abre un huequito editorial, en su nómina de vociferantes contra Obama al ladito de chancleteras rubias y triguenas.)

Let’s cut Castro some slack. He’s shocked and confused. He’s just not used to Townhall type coverage of him. He’s much more accustomed to this:

"Fidel Castro is humanist, a man of many ideals including those of liberty, democracy and social justice. (New York Times Feb. 1957.)

“Castro is honest, and an honest government is something unique in Cuba. Castro is not himself even remotely a Communist.” (Newsweek, April 1959)

“We can thank our lucky stars Castro is no Communist,” (Look Magazine, March 1959)

“The Cuba of Fidel Castro is free from terror. Civil liberties have been restored. These are large steps forward and they were made against fearful odds.” (Readers Digest April 1959)

"It would be a great mistake even to intimate that Castro's Cuba has any real prospect of becoming a Soviet satellite." (Walter Lippman, Washington Post July, 1959)

“But come on, Humberto!” you say. “That stuff was over half a century ago. A lot of people misread him back then.”

Fine. Let’s fastword a few decades:

"Castro is old-fashioned, courtly -- even paternal...a thoroughly fascinating figure." (NBC's Andrea Mitchell, June 2001)

"Castro's personal magnetism is still powerful, his presence is still commanding. Cuba has very high literacy, and Castro has brought great health care to his country." (ABC’s Barbara Walters, Oct. 2002)

“Fidel Castro could have been Cuba’s Elvis” (CBS’s Dan Rather, 1978)

“Fidel Castro is one helluva guy!” (Ted Turner, 1997)

“To my knowledge, it has never been proven that the Castro regime killed anyone.” (Ted Turner to Bill O’Reilly. Dec. 10, 2008)

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