NBC News breaks ranks in coverage of Cuba’s ‘new’ constitution

Here’s something you don’t see every day: NBC News has broken ranks with other news agencies in the coverage of Cuba’s “new” constitution. Instead of exclusively waving pompoms and cheering for the apartheid Castro regime, NBC News tacitly reports the much-lauded “changes” being made by the Cuban dictatorship are meant to ensure its survival:

With significant constitutional changes, Cuba’s leaders aim for their system’s survival

Cuba’s leaders are setting the stage for its socialist system to survive, with a draft constitution containing the most significant political, economic and social changes since 1959.

Cuban lawmakers approved a draft of a new constitution on Sunday. It would replace the island’s 1976 Soviet-style constitution, which officials have said that it no longer reflects changes that have been made in the country.

The new constitution includes the recognition of private property, the creation of the role of prime minister, the right to same-sex marriage and the omission of the word communism in the language.

It excludes a clause from the 1976 constitution saying the ultimate aim is the building of a “communist society.” Instead, it uses the word socialism.

The “system,” of course, is just a euphemism for the Castro family dictatorship. And while international news agencies are calling out “private property” and “same-sex marriage” like teenage cheerleaders at a high school pep rally, NBC took notice that even though things are “changing” in Cuba, they still remain the same (emphasis mine):

Under the new constitution, the roles of head of government and head of state would be split. However, the Communist Party would still remain the most powerful political force in the country.

Since the truth about Cuba and the farcical constitutional changes are meekly implied here instead of stated, it’s hard to tell if NBC’s reporting was intentional or they stumbled upon telling some truth. Either way, we can guarantee you the Castro dictatorship will not be happy about this and NBC News will have some ‘splaining to do to their Cuban handlers in Havana.

5 thoughts on “NBC News breaks ranks in coverage of Cuba’s ‘new’ constitution”

  1. The fraudulent old man is looking increasingly ridiculous in his little military costume–like Gramps plays soldier.

  2. The role of Prime Minister is not being “created” but revived. Fidel held it from 1959 to 1976.

  3. As Carlos Alberto Montaner has noted, practically nobody is noticing an ominous element of this revised constitution: a “Council of National Defense” described as “a superior organ of the state to lead the country during exceptional situations and disasters.” Though it is not made explicit, the council’s head is Alejandro Castro Espín (Castro III) who heads all Cuban intelligence and counterintelligence operations. This means this council could potentially override and even remove any official or functionary, including the “president.”

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