Luis Moro in the news

Check out this story on the Miami NBC affiliate’s website. It seems that filmmaker Luis Moro was on a cruise and happened to captured the rescue of balseros fleeing Cuba. What I want you to focus on, though, is the tone and spin in the highlighted sentences:

NBC6.net: Filmmaker On Cruise Captures Rescue Of Cuban Refugees

11 Refugees Get On Cruise Ship After Boat Sinks

POSTED: 11:19 am EDT August 15, 2005
UPDATED: 11:30 am EDT August 15, 2005

MIAMI — A filmmaker vacationing on a Royal Caribbean cruise captured footage of Cuban refugees being rescued as they tried to get to the United States Friday.

Luis Moro was filming as passengers aboard the ship saw the Cubans’ boat sinking.

“No one ever expected that to happen on a cruise,” Moro said. “Even though you are going around the island of Cuba, no one expects to see a boat with Cubans trying to get to the U.S.”

Moro’s video shows 11 Cuban refugees being placed onto one of the cruise ship’s life rafts and taken to the ship.

“When they got on, the first group of Cubans got on the life raft, they were brought back and everybody started cheering. It was great,” Moro said.
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But in that moment of rejoicing came sorrow for Moro, who is a Cuban-American. He said he knew the quest for freedom would possibly end in vain, and he blames the events on politics and a U.S. embargo that he believes should be lifted.

“This has to stop,” Moro said. “I bet my life they (refugees) have family that is not in Cuba and I bet they are financially well-off here.”

Moro was right. A mother in South Florida spotted her son’s failed attempts at freedom.

“At least I know he’s alive. That calms me down a little but now we have to wait and see what happens,” Miriam Perez said in Spanish.

“I can’t imagine what it’s like to do what they do,” Moro said. “I would be shocked if many people have the courage to get on a raft and take off.”

A representative from the U.S. Coast Guard said the Cuban refugees were still being processed.

There’s no official word on whether they will have to return to Cuba.

Luis, maybe you should ask your political soulmate, fidel castro, about why people are willing to risk becoming lunch for sharks rather than staying in Cuba. Common sense and unobstructed thinking would lead a normal person to deduce that fidel takes all of the blame for this and not the “well-off” Cubans here in Miami, all of us rich, sugar-plantation owning, Batista stooges.

Here are some folks who took to sea, risking their lives to reach the freedom in the US and instead of blaming fidel and his communist regime, for creating the conditions that have led to this, your first instinct is to blame us here in Miami. And, of course, you trot out the ever popular argument of the intellectually challenged, “end the embargo.”

Your statements are so self-serving, so repugnant and so ill-informed that I don’t know whether to get pissed off at you or to pity your stupidity.

(H/T to Daniel for alerting me this morning on this story.)

29 thoughts on “Luis Moro in the news”

  1. i heard this bit on the radio yesterday, and, for what its worth, they did play a soundbite of moro telling the refugees “if no one here will claim you, i will..”, i think it was on 610, so maybe they can provide the clip..

  2. Like I said, Daniel, self-serving. I can guarantee you that ANY Cuban-American family here in Miami would lend a hand when faced with a situation like this. It is my opinion that Moro is using the unfortunate plight of these people to make himself out as the anti-embargo, progressive good guy. It may play in Peoria, but not here in Miami. We know better; and we’ve seen this for forty-six years.

    Where was Luis when Elian was dragged away at the point of a machine gun? He had a nice family here — well off? — who loved him…

  3. I saw the stroy this morning on the news and I also had difficulty swallowing that “well off family in exile” comment. Apparently, Moro finds lifting the embargo and Cubans sending money galore to Cuba preferable to creating a situation in Cuba where Cubans can fend for themselves like real human beings instead waiting around for handouts from Miami.

    You should have seen the footage of Moro haciendose el machaso like a gallo fino. It was insanely ridiculous. Talk about your media whores….

  4. “Even though you are going around the island of Cuba, no one expects to see a boat with Cubans trying to get to the U.S.”

    Where does this guy live?

  5. Kathleen,
    Apparently, Moro lives in a world built up entirely of his own fantasies.
    I think that the most natural thing in the world is to expect to see a boatload of Cuban refugees when sailing in the area around Cuba, because if you look at the figures provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the numbers of Cubans trying to get the hell out of fidel’s “paradise” have reached record levels… and it seems like every year a new record is reached. Moro should be intelligent enough to see the pattern, to process this information, but apparently, he can’t.
    I myself was in the Dry Tortugas, about 80 miles west from Key West, earlier this year when a boat with 14 Cubans landed. It was about the *third* one that month!
    You can search the Bablublog.com archives and get the full details of that experience, including some of the photos I took of them. And not one of those Cuban refugees was older than 41 years of age… in other words, each an every one of them had been born *under* fidel’s regime. Presumably, they were *all* those New Men (and one woman!) that the revolution was meant to benefit. There was not a single “batistiano” in that bunch –for the simple reason they weren’t alive when the previous dictator vacated the Presidential Palace in Havana.
    Yet those 13 men and one woman had to go out to sea and defy death itself, in order to get out of the Island-Hell.
    It will be interesting to see if Moro lives up to his word and actually does anything else beyond acting like “el machazo de la pel’icula” to help any members in this group of his countrymen.
    Personally, I hope he does, but I doubt he will.
    Prove me wrong, Moro!
    Julio

  6. Meyer: Yes, dragged off to his father, who thanked Reno for having kidnapped Elian at the point of a machine gun; consented to having his son drugged while in Cuban custody in the U.S. and later interred in a psychiatric hospital in Havana where Castro’s goons revived brainwashing techniques learned at the Hanoi Hilton; and who now happily rejoices in his son’s celebrity as Castro’s mannequin. The blank look in Elian’s eyes, reminiscent of concentration camp survivors, which is evident in every photograph taken of him at Castro’s rallies, testifies to the unspeakable agonies that the boy has endured in his short life thanks to his pusillanimous father. But, you are right, George, it is best not to revisit those unhappy days when the U.S. government and media marshalled all their resources to savage a little boy.

  7. Can I ask you all what is the “natural thing” to think of when you learn that nearly twice as many capitalist Dominicans have been interdicted at sea than Cubans, despite Hispanola being more than twice as far away as Havana to Florida. Or than the number of Mexicans migrating to the US has doubled since NAFTA went into effect??

  8. Julio, I remember that one and the photos. Just imagine, you’ve lived in paradise your whole life and still you want to leave. What ingrates! Oh, I forgot it’s all the fault of the U.S. embargo and the Miami Mafioso.

    (sarcasm switched on)

  9. What will happen to the refugees now, I wonder. Will the Coast Guard heroically storm the cruise ship at sea and drag them away at gunpoint? Or will they wait till the ship docks in Miami, tie up the refugees and physically carry them off the ship so that their feet don’t touch land and then immediately hustle them unto some fast boat to Cuba? Well, it’s up to you, George (Bush, that is). Our attention should be focused on him and not on the idiot Moro.

  10. Kathleen,
    No need to clarify about sarcasm… I know how your comment was intended.
    Last week, I was driving through the Boston, Mass., area when I heard a promo on National Public Radio about an upcoming report on recently-deceased singer Ibrahim Ferrer (of Buena Vista Social Club fame).
    Naturally, I stayed tuned –because I knew I might hear something of interest. Normally, NPR irks the hell out of me, so I don’t listen to it for very long.
    Soon, reporter Terry Gross embarked on a paean to Ferrer –but she totally clobbered me when she claimed that “the U.S. embargo” was responsible for the singer’s obscurity prior to Ry Cooder’s trip to Cuba that gave rise to both the CD and the video that rocketed the Buena Vista Social Club and Ferrer to fame and fortune.
    Of course, “reporter” Gross did not offer *one iota* of proof about how the U.S. embargo might have been responsible for Ferrer’s vicissitudes.
    And of course, she said absolutely *nothing* about the totalitarian regime that forced Ferrer, at least for a time, to shine shoes in order to make a living.
    Ironically enough, Gross soon yielded the microphone to none other than Ry Cooder, who proceeded to recall, over the next 7-10 minutes, about the background of the Buena Vista phenomenom –due in great part to Ferrer’s superb singing abilities. Cooder did not mention politics at all.
    Cooder knew better than Gross, way better, the “antecedentes,” the background conditions, affecting Ferrer’s career.
    I was livid, fuming, at Gross’ “nimcompoopery.” It was, truly, “gross journalism.”
    But of course, since I was driving in heavy Boston-suburbs rush-hour traffic and couldn’t stop to give the station a call, there was nothing I could do but try to release some steam by pounding the steering column and yelling at the top of my lungs.
    I’m sure people in other vehicles near mine must have thought I was deranged (yes, my windows were closed because it was about a 100 degrees out and I had the air-conditioning system on, but I still could be seen going mad).
    But I will write NPR with a complaint.
    This is but the latest example of why I find it so hard to send contributions to public radio and/or public television. Last time I did it was because of the Ken Burns series on the American Civil War. Then they bombarded me for about three years with pleas for more.
    Julio

  11. Gross obviously hasn’t been exposed to the myriad of Cuban artists that have reached international acclaim since the embargo.

    Exactly why DID Ferrer fade into obscurity?

  12. Meyer,
    I don’t know why Ferrer “faded” into obscurity. I myself lived in Cuba until July 1, 1962 and though I considered myself fairly well-versed on Cuban music of that era (for instance, I was such a fan that I spent about three hours *a day* glued to the radio, listening to shows that featured mostly musical talent), yet I never *heard* of Ibrahim Ferrer. Or if I did, I simply don’t remember him.
    But I think it’s safe to assume that, in a totalitarian society where the government controls *absolutely every* aspect of its subjects’ lives, the authorities would not allow artists who fail to “toe the official line(s)” to prosper. They consider them “diversionist,” i.e. dangerous, because they dare to think for themselves.
    For instance, where whould Ferrer go and sing if the castrist government, officially or not, “bans” him?
    In Cuba, after all, there are no private clubs, no private concerts, no private venues for someone like Ferrer to perform at.
    If “papa fidel” doesn’t approve of you –because *you* in turn, don’t approve of *him* or whatever– you are, in effect, royally screwed.
    In a capitalist society, Ferrer or anybody else would be free to go and search around for a different, more benign, more receptive, more *profitable* venue.
    In a totalitarian setting, then, you have to go and earn your keep by whatever means you can find, even if it means shining shoes although you may have the best pipes in the entire country.
    And that, in a nutshell, is why communism has never triumphed anywhere. And why it won’t. Ever.
    It simply stinks as a system, doesn’t it?
    Julio

  13. Ibrahim Ferrer was never in the first tier of Cuban entertainers; nor in the second, for that matter. In an era when real legends shone like Celia Cruz and Benny Mor?, Ferrer was a bit player. But legends don’t live forever, and Ferrer’s turn to take the spotlight might have come anyway had not a new and subserviant wave of Cuban musicians, younger and more malleable, been promoted by the regime. So Ferrer was delegated to shining shoes till Mr. Cooder “discovered” him and invested him with the mantle of those legends. Castro, who never saw a cash cow he didn’t like, quickly joined the feeding frenzy. For the last five years of his life, Ferrer was able to dress well, eat well and do what he loved to do — entertain the people. His life had as happy an ending as was possible under the circumstances.

  14. Julio, Sorry, but I have to laugh at the thought of your pounding on the steering column, raving mad, screaming. Last time I did that I was stuck in traffic on the 405, looked up and saw a big Cadillac with che painted on the trunk. Good thing the car was out of my reach because I completely lost it and would have rammed into him if he’d been within reach. Must be some sort of Cuban bug that’s catching. I personally do not support funding public radio or television, especially when they use those funds to propagandize against our government.

  15. Mr. Leftside,

    I’d like to know where yoru statistics regarding Dominicans come from? As far as Mexico goes, are you insinuating that NAFTA is bad for Mexico? Because American workers will say it’s bad for Americans. These can’t possibly both be true. Either we’re losing jobs to Mexico or they are losing them to us. Mexico is a poor and historically very corrupt country. But people in Mexico are generally not politically oppressed. They come here for economic reasons. Cubans on the other hand are coming here in droves even if they are professionals. That’s because not only are there any opportunities to succeed economically in Cuba, there are opportunities to fail either. In Cuba politics and economics become one. What’s your plan Mr. Leftside? What’s your magic bullet?

  16. Correction to last line:

    That’s because not only aren’t there any opportunities to succeed economically in Cuba, there aren’t opportunities to fail either.

  17. oye left side los platanos(dominicanos)emigran hacia puerto rico pedacito de cavernicola no hacia miami ,esos son los haitianos.
    Con respecto a los mexicanos esos entran hasta por tuneles debajo de la tierra asi que na hables mas de lo que pica el pollo
    ya puedo apreciar lo inteligente que eres mejor te vas a comer platano hervido asere

  18. LIVING UNDER TYRANNY…
    The problem is that while Communism never triumphs over the long run, in the meantime millions live under this oppression for fifty, sixty or eighty years. Hundreds of thousands, even millions die because of the tyranny. Hundreds of thousands more suffer imprisonment and torture, and their families suffer severe privation because of it.

    Among many in this country and abroad, there seems to be a desire for a King, or Monarch, a father figure, and whether he wears a crown and royal robes or a flat topped cap and khaki, they seem to prefer that to making decisions every four years. How else can we explain Hollywood’s elite carrying on friendships with the worst tyrant ever known in this hemisphere? Liberals hate Bush and his two terms, but I’ll bet they would not have objected to a Kennedy being in office for 40 years or perhaps…even Kerry.

    Communism might have been defeated in Russia during WWII, but the Germans had no Generals with the wisdom of MacArthur and did not treat the conquered people of Russia right. They had Vlasov’s army, which surrendered to the Germans with all their mena and equipment, of almost a million men willing to take on Stalin for them, but they mistrusted these forces. These men truly hated communism, because many had suffered under it, and they did not know of Hitler’s atrocities. Would the Germans have accomplished the impossible if they had treated the Russians decently instead of regarding them as sub-human? I’ve had interesting discussions with a former Hungarian officer who was among the invaders of Russia with the German army, and another officer who served in Vlasov’s Army under the Germans. To both, the enemy was communism.

    Look at the number of years it took before Russians could cast off the yoke of tyranny? The genius of Castro is in his Evil, nothing more. The genius of Castro now shows up in his almost-take-over of Venezuela, which should be solidified within a few more months.

    Moro acts as if he did not know a thing about Balseros, but if he wanted to know, he could spend a week on a Coast Guard cutter off Cuba and film scores of them being rescued, and thousands more of them in Guantanamo. Los Balseros, a website by Allan Weissbecker, contains some of the most beautiful and poignant photos of balseros I’ve ever seen. Would he change his mind? Obviously not. He’s one of the members of the Fifth Column in the USA, the way I see it.

  19. There are a lot of sell-out Cuban Americans out there who will make the type of remark that Luis Moro made so that they can differentiate themselves from the hated “right-winged” Cuban exiles and so that they can engratiate themselves with the left-winged power establishment that runs all of the cultural institutions in this country. By blaming Cuban exiles and not Fidel Castro [that darling of the left] for the plight of Cubans who risk their lives in shark infested leaky boats, Moro could very well be thinking of all of the funding that he might receive and that maybe Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival or some other leftist run film festival will consider showing one of his films.

    Believe me, if you are a self-hating Cuban, intellectually dishonest, and willing to sell your ass to the ruling class, there’s a lot of money and recognition to be had [talent aside!]!!!!

  20. You are right, Howard, Communism doesn’t triumph over the long run; but 46 years is certainly a big chunk out of a man’s life, in the long or short run. Now its really down to the wire: either Castro goes first or we do. Even if we win, what do we have left? Everyone who loved us or whom we loved is either dead or has long fled the island. The landmarks of our youth have long disappeared and we would walk the streets of our native town bewildered and confused by everything we saw: strangers in a stranger town. The ruin of our own lives cannot be repaired; the lost years cannot be reclaimed; the gall will not turn to honey. The victory will be for the young who will not have to live their lives at the mercy of the demon that haunted us, poisoning every joy and sharpening every sorrow.

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