A couple months back, in an interview with NBC6’s Hank Tester, I mentioned the Cuban and world media spin regarding fidel castro as an attempt to make fidel’s statement “history will absolve me” come true. It seems what we were witnessing back then was the beginning of the misinformation assault meant to lionize the dictator.
A couple things stand out right now that lead me to believe we’re in for a storm of media bullshit in the very near future, as in, starting right now.
First we have (once again) reports that the bearded cadaver is presently in very very ill health. These are nothing new, of course, as fidel tends to die every four months or so. But add to that the fact that now, there are reports that all internet in Cuba has been routed through one central domain, Enet.cu, including the net connections of all Cuban journalist and reporters, and things get a little more interesting. The Cuban government has stepped up its control of information like never before.
Here’s another ingredient in this bullshit ajiaco, as The Real Cuba reports:
Cuba’s official press announced this afternoon that starting tomorrow and lasting until Sunday, it will be publishing two lengthy articles, allegedly written by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, about “very important and decisive facts” for the future of Cuba.
According to Cuban media, the dictator will begin publishing tomorrow “a very ample and profound reflection” titled “The empire and the independent island.”
“At the request of the author, a small portion will be published in two columns on the front page, of Granma and Juventud Rebelde, and the rest in two inside pages during the 15, 16, 17 and maybe 18 of August,” according to Granma.
Plus the following from Child of the Revolution:
As in previous years, thousands of words and dozens of photographs have been published in official papers big and small praising the humanity and absolute genius of the man who has ruled Cuba with an iron fist for close to half a century.
The official newspaper of the Communist Party, Granma, which two years ago compared Castro to the sun, has opted to describe him this time around as “A Giant Among Titans”.
Not to be outdone, the editors of Juventud Rebelde, the official organ of the Cuban Union of Communist Youth, have given him the title of “The Comandante of A Thousand Battles and A Million Triumphs”.
But let’s hear it for the hard-working editorial staff at Trabajadores, the newspaper of the official Communist Party-controlled Trade Union Council. Without even a hint of embarrassment, they have anointed Castro “The Untiring Gladiator of Truth”.
Notwithstanding the hilarity of the above mentioned titles and accompanying stories, what you are seeing isnt just the clamping down on information available to those in the island coupled with the usual propaganda masked as reporting. This media manipulation barrage is, in essence, “absolutionizing.” Creating absolution for the man responsible for countless deaths, the destruction of countless families and the ruination of what was once first world nation. Creating a saint from the devil himself.
This is the final “battle of ideas” for the Cuban regime. The last ditch, desperate act of a government with illusory gains and backward ideals. The Cuban powers that be will go all out on this one and the shit is going to get suffocatingly deep.
Let’s all make sure that truth wears shitkickers.