NPR’s article praises the brave “reporters” over at Juventud Rebelde, the other (c)astro, Inc. owned Cuban Newspaper for “pushing beyond the party line.”
Call me a paranoid exile, but the purpose of a “newspaper” in a totalitarian state is to disseminate the party line-read propaganda. If the message is changing, it’s because (r)aúl is changing the party line. If the method of spreading the propaganda is changing it’s because (r)aúl told them to do it differently. If they’re criticizing something in society, it’s because (r)aúl ordered them to criticize something that he has already decided to change so that their collective minded fans at NPR and elsewhere can marvel at the efficiency that a collective press can have on a collective society when they work together with a collective regime to achieve utopia.(NPR’s fantasy)
You would think that a professional journalist would recognize that JR’s reporters are not free to “report” on anything. They are employees, scribes, typists that get paid to write what they are told. Their job, like all of Cuba’s citizens, is to do what they are told. It’s scary that such a cheap and simple propaganda ploy on (r)aúl’s part would drop their collective jaws in awe. I hope these folks don’t ever look up at the clouds during a rainstorm, they just might drown.
On a lighter note, there’s this hilarious quote on the confusion of Juventud Rebelde’s employees when they are asked to write something truthful that will serve (r)aúl’s purposes:
“We’ve made progress, but we have a ways to go, because our reporters have been conditioned to think in a certain way,” he says. “They have inertia in their thinking. This kind of journalism we’re trying to do is hard for us. Throughout our whole lives, we’ve done it in a different way.”
And…here’s a picture of some of Cuba’s “journalists” at an anti U.S. and Posada Carriles rally that their employer, (r)aúl compelled then to attend under the ever watchful eye of “big brother.”