This one surprised me. Alina Fernandez Revuelta, the daughter of the beast himself, has been hired by CNN as a “network contributor”.
NEW YORK – With Cuban leader Fidel Castro ailing after 47 years in power, CNN said Thursday it had hired his estranged daughter, Alina Fernandez, as a network contributor.
Fernandez, who was 3 when Castro took power and had sporadic contact with him, left Cuba disguised as a Spanish tourist in 1993. She moved to Miami, where she is a radio host and the author of “Castro’s Daughter: An Exile’s Memoir of Cuba.”
Her father has temporarily handed over power to his brother Raul and remained out of the public eye after undergoing surgery for intestinal bleeding.
Fernandez will provide commentary and expertise about Cuba as the story about her father’s health, and a potential succession of power, continues.
“At this critical point in history as a Cuban, it’s important for me to draw the world’s attention to the situation inside Cuba, as we reflect on its future,” she said. “CNN is a global network, which can reach the largest population available.
I don’t think it’s a sell-out, at least not yet. Alina, through her book and her Miami radio show, has always been an outspoken and harsh critic of her father and the regime. Perhaps we can look at this as CNN jumping on the post-fidel bandwagon by hiring someone who actually has first-hand knowledge of what goes on in Cuba, but I think it has much more to do with the novelty of having a close relative of fidel on the staff.
Nevertheless, if CNN thinks they’re getting another Lucia Newman, they’ll be un-pleasantly surprised.