No Proof Castro Regime Killed Anyone (Says Ted Turner)

Folks, this man ran the biggest international news network on the planet…I give up!
Steadfast friend of our cause, Bill O’Reilly just interviewed Ted Turner:
O’REILLY: Fidel Castro, do you admire the man?
TURNER: Yes.
O’REILLY: Now he has murdered people. He’s imprisoned people. There are political prisoners now. He won’t let his people use the Internet. Nobody can use that. And you admire the guy?
TURNER: Well, I admire certain things about him. He’s trained a lot of doctors, and they’ve got one of the best educational systems in the developing world. And you know, he’s still popular with a lot of people down there. He’s unpopular…
O’REILLY: But he’s a killer. He’s a killer. He’s a guy who…
TURNER: But that has never, to my knowledge, that’s never been proven. I mean…
O’REILLY: He’s executed political prisoners. I mean, he enslaves people who don’t see it the way he sees it. Come on. He’s a dictatorship. If you admire him, then why wouldn’t you admire Mussolini? I mean, what’s the difference? Mussolini put people back to work. There was order. The educational system was fine. See, I’m not getting this. This is what I don’t understand about it.
TURNER: Well, OK, well, if you don’t see the difference between Castro and Mussolini, you know, then you know, I likened some aspects of FOX News to the Nazis, so, I mean, you know, it works both ways.
More Turner erudition here.

2 thoughts on “No Proof Castro Regime Killed Anyone (Says Ted Turner)”

  1. “He’s still popular with a lot of people down there.” And this is based on what evidence? Elections? Uh, no. Free speech? Well, no. Guaranteed civil rights? Umm, no. Can anyone in Cuba openly say anything against Fidel without serious fear of significant reprisal? Ah, no. Gee, Mr. Turner, your argument seems a little specious, to put it mildly.
    Of course, that paragon of fearless, unbiased journalism, Barbara Walters, would understand your position perfectly. She once asked an “average” Cuban, who “just happened” to be handy when she was standing right next to Fidel in Cuba, what he thought of the revolution. The man, who wasn’t allowed to get that close to the Great One for nothing, and who at any rate was not insane, said precisely what he was supposed to say, what she knew perfectly well he had to say (unless, of course, she’s severely retarded, which is not exactly the case).
    Ah, the media. So (self) righteous, so (selectively) truthful, so determined to fight wrongdoing (depending on who the culprits are, of course). I know I feel better about CNN’s objectivity now, certainly when it comes to Cuba. I’m sure Turner’s open admiration for its Maximun Leader has never colored CNN’s Cuba coverage in any way whatsoever. That would just be paranoid of me to imagine. What I can’t figure out is why Turner has not yet been tapped by Obama for some high-profile post. I’m sure Mr. Craig would love to have him on the team.

  2. As Asombra notes, it would be paranoid of us to imagine even for an instant that CNN is biased. In fact, I’ve heard us called “emotional,” “unreasonable” and even incapable of grasping the concept of democracy simply because we’ve been in disagreement with the mainstream media’s (er, uh, unbiased) Cuba coverage.

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