Castro propagandist Saul Landau dead at 77

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“As Fidel spoke I could feel a peculiar sensation in his presence! It’s as if I am meeting with a new force of nature! Here is a man so filled with energy he is almost a different species! Power radiates from him!” (Saul Landau 1968.)

Saul Landau’s 1988 film “The Uncompromising Revolution,” which fully delivers on the director’s above-mentioned hyperventilations was run nationwide by PBS in 1990–which is to say: on the U.S. taxpayers’ dime.

“I think I’m objective, but I’m not detached,” Mr. Landau told The Washington Post in 1982. “All my films try to teach people without preaching too hard.”

Saul Landau spent most of his professional lifetime propagandizing for a regime that jailed and tortured political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s during the Great Terror and murdered more political prisoners in its three years in power than Hitler’s murdered during its first six. But folks who don’t follow Cuban matters much (which is to say 99.999888 of the folks outside a few microscopic enclaves within Miami-Dade) and who rely on the Washington Post for their news just learned that Saul Landau’s legacy is one as a “Human Rights investigator.” To wit:

“Mr. Landau helped investigate human rights abuses in Chile for Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) in the 1970s.”

When these folks turn to the AP they learn that:

“Saul Landau, a prolific, award-winning documentary filmmaker who traveled the world profiling political leaders like Cuba’s Fidel Castro and Chile’s Salvador Allende and used his camera to draw attention to war, poverty and racism, has died.

Now back to Miley Cyrus…

(Saul Landau, whatever else we may say against him, was perfectly honest and up front about his projects. Thus we cannot call him a Cuba “expert.”)

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