Paula Deen occasionally used the N-word, we’ve recently learned. For this she was tarred and feathered, drawn and quartered, and fed to the ‘gators.
Anthony Bourdain, on the other hand, headlined a propaganda junket to help secure the financial lifeline for the Stalinist regime that jailed and tortured the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history.
But Bourdain sniffs that: “She (Paula Deen) revels in unholy connections with evil corporations.” Going further, he denounces Paula Deen’s professional endeavors as “in excruciatingly bad taste.” Further still, Bourdain finds Paula Deen, “unconscionable, cynical, and greedy.”
You’ve probably noticed whose side the media takes.
Allow me to explain: On the July 12th 2011 episode of The Travel Channel’s No Reservations Bourdain traveled to Cuba highlighting the exquisite food (most people claim it s*cks big time, the best is manifestly in Miami) the friendly and perennially dancing and singing natives, the exhilarating island sights and sounds, etc. "Yes, go to Cuba!" gushed Bourdain at the show’s conclusion.
Neck to neck with Venezuelan subsidies, Castro’s Stalinist regime lives off tourism. As thoroughly documented in a new book, Castro’s family, secret police and military enjoy majority ownership of Cuba’s tourist industry. Concurrent with his TV propaganda piece, Bourdain’s Travel Channel page posted a link to the Castro-regime-owned (stolen at Soviet gun-point from capitalists who built it) Hotel Nacional, for quick and easy reservations in Havana!
In brief, Bourdain's Castroite visa-issuers got a fabulous return.
Not far from where Bourdain wined and dined on food most Cubans savor only in their dreams (in 1958 Cubans enjoyed the 3rd highest protein consumption in the Western hemisphere, by the way) black political prisoners were jailed in conditions that make Nelson Mandela’s incarceration look like a stint in a Motel 6. These black Cubans crimes?
Publicly quoting the works of Martin Luther King and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, mimicking Gandhi’s peaceful protests against the British. Please note: these Cuban human-rights activists did NOT mimic Mandela’s against South Africa’s (placing bombs in public places.)
Among these black prisoners was Dr. Elias Biscet, an Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience who was awarded (obviously in absentia) the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bush in 2008. He was finally released just a month before Bourdain’s propaganda junket. But you’ve never heard of him, right?
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.