Could Rush and Fox News Have Helped Save Cuba?

Herbert Mathews and Idol. Castro is a strong ANTI-communist. There are no Communists in positions of control in Cuba!
Herbert Mathews and Idol. "Castro is a strong ANTI-communist. There are no Communists in positions of control in Cuba!"

In wistful moods, I often wonder what Cuba (a nation with a higher per-capita income than Austria and Japan in 1958) might look like today if talk radio, Fox News and the web had been around to mount a counterattack against Castro’s U.S. media propagandists and engage in some Van Jones-ing against their State Department auxiliaries.

In the late 50’s, two Republican ambassadors to Cuba, Arthur Gardner and Earl T. Smith, lost their jobs for butting heads against their Liberal/ Democratic State Department chiefs. On August 27, 1960 during Senate subcommittee hearings, they testified to the nature of the head-butting:

Senator DODD. “You have been quoted, Mr. Gardner, as referring to, “Castro worship” in the State Department in 1957. … you are quoted as saying you fought all the time with the State Department over whether Castro merited the support or friendship of the United States. Would you explain….”

Mr Gardner: “I feel it very strongly, that the State Department was influenced, first, by those stories by (the New York Times’) Herbert Matthews, and soon (support for Castro) became kind of a fetish with them.”

Senator Eastland: “Mr Smith, you had been warning the State Department that Castro was a Marxist?’

Mr. Smith: “Yes, sir….I also warned (Cuban) President Batista that there were (Castro) spies in the Cuban Embassy in Washington.”

Senator Eastland: “Would you say that the American Government then, including all of its agencies, was largely responsible for bringing Castro to power?”

Mr Smith: “The State Department played a large part in bringing Castro to power. The press, other Government agencies (CIA), members of Congress are also responsible…There was no question that there was Communist control of (Castro’s) movement….yet we refused to sell arms to a friendly government (Batista) and we persuaded other friendly governments not to sell arms to Cuba.”

Much more fully-documented history and wistful speculation here.

7 thoughts on “Could Rush and Fox News Have Helped Save Cuba?”

  1. Pictures really are worth a thousand words. That photo says it all: the Chumpmaster and the chump. And of course, half a century later, the great New York Times still hasn’t done the decent thing by Cuba, not only because it doesn’t want to, but because it feels there’s absolutely no need to bother. Contemptible bastards.

  2. Amigos, the saddest part of all this–as y’all well know–is that CUBANS implored Matthews to visit Castro and arranged his visit. Then CUBANS spread his articles throughout Havana’s Social register, whose members, almost en masse, twittered with UTTER DELIGHT AT WHAT MATTHEWS WROTE…never mind what many of them claimed from exile four years later.

    Unreal

  3. Antonio y Humberto:

    Thank you wish I had known this “somewhat” earlier. On the other hand if Rolando Masferrer really was still a covert communist. If Batista had prevailed –as most over communists thought until about mid summer of 1958– and were my wild, half crazy and definitely dismal hypothesis correct Grobart was playing double team It that were so we might well have been under a communist communist government run by Masferrer not Castro, and instead of “milicianos” we would have had Tigres (again Marc please forgive me).

  4. correction (blast this dylexia of mine)

    Antonio y Humberto:

    Thank you wish I had known this “somewhat” earlier.

    On the other hand if Rolando Masferrer really was still a covert communist, if Batista had prevailed –as most overt communists thought until about mid summer of 1958– and were my wild, half crazy and definitely dismal hypothesis correct: Grobart was playing double team on Cuba. If that were so we might well have been under a communist communist government run by Masferrer not Castro, and instead of “milicianos” we would have had Tigres (again Marc please forgive me).

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