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“Hey? Where all the Cubans at?” (asks the New York Times while visiting Venezuela)


“Everyone knows that the Cubans control (Venezuela’s) military intelligence and police intelligence. They control the coordination of the armed forces. Such convictions are held by critics in both countries (Venezuela and Cuba) although they offer little hard evidence to back their suspicions.” (Victoria Burnett and William Neuman, the New York Times, March, 2014.)

“This is not a Communist Revolution in any sense of the term. Fidel Castro is not only not a Communist, he is decidedly anti-Communist.” (Herbert Matthews, the New York Times, July 1959.)

So according to the New York Times, the only Cubans in Venezuela today function as Marcus Welbys and Florence Nightingales. And the only communists in Cuba in 1959 were kept far from positions of influence by those stalwart defenders of liberty: the Castro Brothers and Che Guevara.

Same as in 1959, many well-informed people much closer to the issue differ with the New York Times.

Our friends at Human Events help sneak a few news and historical items over the thick walls of our ghetto to the world beyond.

"She (Jill Abramson) came to The Times in 1997 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was a deputy bureau chief and an investigative reporter for nine years."

Not that there's much in-breeding within the mainstream media....


So let's see: regarding Cuba "expertise," among the "respectable" mainstream media, we can choose between a paper whose reporter was personally honored by Fidel Castro with a medal or one that gave a luncheon in their boardroom in honor of Fidel Castro....



3 comments to “Hey? Where all the Cubans at?” (asks the New York Times while visiting Venezuela)

  • asombra

    It may be possible to look more unpleasantly acrid, harsh and "focused" than Abramson, but it can't be easy. Of course, Herbert Matthews was pretty focused himself, and we all know on what. It doesn't even matter why, at least not nearly as much as the consequences of his fixation. Zealotry was not just a Biblical issue; it's still around, and it need not be overt--ask Walter Cronkite, that avuncular snake in the grass.

  • asombra

    Abramson reminds me of those women who've been chain-smoking since grade school.

  • asombra

    Abramson is like an older Anna Wintour without make-up on a really bad day.