That National Public Radio has nice things to say about socialism shouldn’t be surprising. After all, “Federal funding is essential to public radio's service to the American public,” explains NPR’s own website. “Elimination of federal funding would result in fewer programs, less journalism…and eventually the loss of public radio stations.”
NPR’s brand of journalism came under fire most recently when Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn sponsored a bill in 2011 to defund the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. “Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds programming for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money, “ explained Senator DeMint at the time. “There’s simply no reason to force taxpayers to subsidize liberal programming they disagree with.”
Liberal programming on the dime of unwitting conservative donors is bad enough. Flat-out KGB-mentored propaganda on behalf of a terror-sponsoring regime that murdered more political prisoners than pre-war Hitler's, jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin's and came closest of any in history to wantonly igniting a thermo-nuclear war cranks up the offense several notches. Or should.
Even pinkos should be offended by NPR’s latest infomercials on behalf of the Castro-regime, if not by the content, then by the cartoonish and unprofessional presentation of the propaganda. This week NPR’s Morning Edition host David Greene hosted a report from Cuba featuring an interview with a Cuban “man-on-the-street”:
"I was born in 1947, under capitalism," Landin says. "(Cuba) used to be a pot of crickets. It was the saddest place on earth."
He wants to be sure we understand how Cuba was before the revolution.
"Have you been to Haiti? That's what Cuba used to look like. A few people were rich, and everyone else was starving.”
See Spot run. See Dick and Jane play. “Good grief, NPR!” Castro himself might wince. “I know you mean well. And it’s one thing to earn your Havana bureau. But please, some subtlety and maturity would help. You sound like Igor complimenting his master.”
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.