Wednesday, February 20, 2008

CNN: Be kind to Castro

Babalu Blog reported CNN coached its anchors to treat the subject of fidel castro in an early morning email today.

From: Flexner, Allison
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:46 AM
To: *CNN Superdesk (TBS)
Cc: Neill, Morgan; Darlington, Shasta
Subject: Castro guidance

Some points on Castro – for adding to our anchor reads/reporting:

* Please say in our reporting that Castro stepped down in a letter he wrote to Granma (the communist party daily), as opposed to in a letter attributed to Fidel Castro.
Forget anything you learned in Journalism school. Remember it is our job to distort the news to fit our agenda.
We have no reason to doubt he wrote his resignation letter, he has penned numerous articles over the past year and a half.

* Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration.
Just like the Democratic party promises.
in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.
Just like the Democratic Party.
* Also the Cuban government blames a lot of Cuba’s economic problems on the US embargo, and while that has caused some difficulties, (far less so than the collapse of the Soviet Union)
Which was subsidizing their failed econmic policies.
the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices. Some analysts would say the US embargo was a benefit to Castro politically – something to blame problems on, by what the Cubans call “the imperialist,” meddling in their affairs.

* While despised by some, he is seen as a revolutionary hero, especially with leftist in Latin America, for standing up to the United States.
And in leftist media outlets, like CNN, for the same reason.
Any questions, please call the international desk.


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