A News Related Cubanism: “caerse de la mata”

I’ve received quite a few emails from readers mentioning or linking to the CNN/Eason Jordan/Ted Turner/castro connection. Thanks to those of you that sent the heads up.

Quite a few bloggers have posted on this subject as well, including the heavyweights Charles Johnson of LGF and the Powerline guys. Here’s the now infamous quote:

I thank you very much for being here tonight. Let me also thank Fidel Castro. In the earliest days of CNN, when CNN was meant to be seen only in the United States, the enterprising Fidel Castro was pirating and watching CNN in Cuba. Fidel was intrigued by CNN. He wanted to meet the person responsible. So Ted Turner, who at that point had never traveled to a Communist country or knowingly met a Communist, [went to Havana]. It was big deal for Ted and during the discussions Castro suggested that CNN be made available to the entire world. In fact it was that seed, that idea that grew into CNN International, which is now seen in every country and territory on the planet.

Apparently, it’s big news to some that the Ted Turner/castro connection had something to do with the beginning of CNN International. Cubans and Cuban-Americans have always called CNN the (c)astro News Network. It’s a running joke. Of course, the irony of it is that in Cuba, only fidel and his minions watch CNN. The general population isn’t allowed to watch the actual channel, only news clips that are in keeping with the bearded one’s anti-American ideology.

A shitload of accented “I told you so’s” are being heard here in Miami.

Which brings me to today’s Cubanism:

Cubanism: Caerse de la mata.

Literal translation: Falling out of the tree.

Actual meaning: Falling off the turnip truck.

Usage: They’re reporting that castro is responsible for CNN International. Parece que esta gente se acaban de ca?r de la mata.

8 thoughts on “A News Related Cubanism: “caerse de la mata””

  1. I posted this comment last night on LGF:

    “Well, this doesn’t surprise anyone in the Cuban-American community in Miami. We’ve been calling them the ‘Castro News Network’ for a long, long time. But then, we’re just a bunch a reactionary, knee-jerk conservatives with no brains…”

  2. I posted this comment on LGF last night:

    “Well, this doesn’t surprise anyone in the Cuban-American community in Miami. We’ve been calling them the “Castro News Network” for a long, long time. But then, we’re just a bunch a reactionary, knee-jerk conservatives with no brains…”

  3. I am fascinated that Ted and Eason don’t seem to mind that some thug is pirating their network without paying. Let’s hope lots of scumbags take that as open season to pirate away and render their pay-tv operation meaningless, now that it’s clear these clowns don’t mind if the gate is left often for any old brigand.

  4. The only news building in the USA that flys a Cuban flag is the CNN Center in Atlanta. Ted says he never met a commi? What about his WIFE??? No hay mejor siego que el que no quiere ver.

  5. Miguel, I don’t think _ciego_ describes Turner as well as _mentirador_. He couldn’t not have known about Hanoi Jane.

  6. True enough CNN is not available to the average Cuban in their home. However, both CNN International and CNN Espanol are watched by thousands of Cubans working in tourist hotels. CNN Espanol is a stable at the Hall of Fame bar at the Hotel Nacional. And you can be sure many chambermaids peek a glimpse of the “forbidden news” while cleaning all those rooms.
    And I’d hardly call CNN the Castro New Network. I think CNN’s Lucia Newman would take exception to that statement.

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