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posted at 11:05 pm on February 19, 2008 by Allahpundit

“Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care…”

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CNN, early front runner for LGF Idiotarian of the Year award.

jp on February 19, 2008 at 11:10 PM

Here’s her profile on Spoke. CNN in Atlanta, so it seems the email is real.

amerpundit on February 19, 2008 at 11:13 PM

We have no reason to doubt he wrote his resignation letter, he has penned numerous articles over the past year and a half.

No reason, eh? None whatsoever?

Why that particular year and a half time-line?

Deety on February 19, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Are you sure you didn’t forget to h/t me, AP?

This sentence appeared in an article in today’s New York Times:

He succeeded in establishing universal health care, providing free education through college and largely rooting out racism.

What is this, some sort of futuristic reporting on the end of Barack Obama’s period as President?

Nope. Just an obituary of Fidel Castro’s dictatorial rule of Cuba.

American-Infidels.com on February 19, 2008 at 11:18 PM

Charles Manson loves kitties. Free him.

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 11:21 PM

CNN=ClintonCastroCommie News Network

malan89 on February 19, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Yeah? And Hitler made the trains run on time, so what’s your point?

Tony737 on February 19, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Their icons are dropping like flies. Let them mourn.

SouthernGent on February 19, 2008 at 11:26 PM

Yeah? And Hitler made the trains run on time, so what’s your point?

Tony737 on February 19, 2008 at 11:25 PM

Not to mention all the zionists he put in their place!

conservnut on February 19, 2008 at 11:32 PM

“Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care…”

This is kinda o/t, but that quote reminds me of something that runs through my head a lot… Despite economic expansion over the past few years (largely as a result of tax cuts), debt/spending is way out of control, and I am under the impression the economy is sort of hanging on by a thread (setting aside the media hype which has been pushing “recession” through the growth, and the fact that a slowdown obviously hurts more when the economy has been riding so high for years – similar to the pain if you jump off a 1 story building compared to a 10 story building is the way I think of it).

Now, as a self employed person I would love some sort of solution to the health care situation. And sadly, I don’t know of any real plan from anyone in the GOP. I’m certainly not advocating all this socialized health care nonsense, but I can’t say I don’t sort of think “well, at least I’ll get that once Obama is elected” (even though I’ll NEVER vote for him or “stay home” even though McCain is our guy).

BUT, going back to my point about the economy… I think a Dem socialized health plan will be the beginning of the end of the country. Raise taxes = destroy business = screw fragile economy to the point we’ll never return to what we once were.

To sum up, I’m not advocating any sort of Dem solution (read: campaign promise) for health care, but I can see how this appeals (especially when there aren’t any Republican alternatives), especially as a self-employed person who can’t afford health insurance. Of course there is now a new state plan, but it limits my income… If I make a little more, I’m screwed here (plus the plan is bound to fail, even in this most taxed of states). BUT, this “plan” will win enough votes (unless we are lucky enough to get the hated Hillary to be their nominee, then we stand a chance) to get Barry in to the WH, but I see this as the beginning of the end.

Not really sure where I’m going with this, just noting that I kind of salivate at the thought of getting some health insurance… but I’ll do everything to keep a Dem out of the WH… but then, are we just delaying the inevitable?

RightWinged on February 19, 2008 at 11:47 PM

the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices.

But no, because it’s CNN, that won’t get quote of the day?

Reaps on February 19, 2008 at 11:49 PM

RightWinged on February 19, 2008 at 11:47 PM

Wow….another stuck in the middle self employed I don’t need no stinking doctor Republican. I thought I was an only child.

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 11:50 PM

RightWinged on February 19, 2008 at 11:47 PM

The whole point of economic conservatism is that the government solution is always the worst solution because they do things that cost the most and accomplish the least. In that instance, the best thing to do is precisely nothing. Then the market can work out a real solution.

But instead they demagogue the issue (just like the economy) and get most people thinking things are worse than they are (just like the economy). Bad government intervention will ensure catasrophe. Government disengagement will most likely result in the best possible outcome.

urbancenturion on February 20, 2008 at 12:01 AM

Ah yes, the lefties love to mention education and healthcare when it comes to Castro. You can almost set your watch by it.

CP on February 20, 2008 at 12:04 AM

Screw CNN. Read this instead.

Entelechy on February 20, 2008 at 12:25 AM

in a letter he wrote to Granma (the communist party daily)

Granma? I knew it was a nanny state, but I didn’t know “nanny” referred to their grandmother.

Tzetzes on February 20, 2008 at 12:43 AM

And just how well is the healthcare in Cuba?

(I know the answer.)

Weebork on February 20, 2008 at 1:24 AM

Entelechy on February 20, 2008 at 12:25 AM

The new Mojito is now Screw CNN. Some random thoughts…

Raúl was always under the influence — of alcohol and self-importance.

Much like the anchors and management at CNN. The self-importance part.
I cannot speak for alcohol or potty talk in the CNN bathrooms, but I have heard rumors.

In 2005, Fidel was furious when Forbes Magazine estimated his fortune at $500 million.

The Castro’s and Ted Turner as it relates to penis envy, bad Barbarella cameo appearances and a Hanoi Jane menage-a-trois.

Raúl may try to also portray himself as a peaceloving angel.

So did Lucifer. I don’t think god talks to him anymore.

Kini on February 20, 2008 at 1:50 AM

I think Fidel is only trying to free himself up so he can be available to be appointed to a cabinet position in a future Obama administration

wildweasel on February 20, 2008 at 1:58 AM

She totally left out the part where he had “enemies of The Revolution” (namely, HIS and Raul’s enemies or whoever that psychopath Guevera felt like murdering on a given day) butchered by the revolutionary state apparatus.

Come to think of it, she left out quite a bit about Fidel’s crimes against humanity…

SuperCool on February 20, 2008 at 2:04 AM

So,its really true that CNN like got caught
favouring the left and dictators.Sounds like
CNN has its own little Bay of Pigs of Journalism!

canopfor on February 20, 2008 at 2:15 AM

Yeah? And Hitler made the trains run on time, so what’s your point?

Tony737 on February 19, 2008 at 11:25 PM

yeah and invented the expressway system cutting commuting time by several fold.
So yeah, both of them are very unfairly demonized in light of the grand accomplishments they had in the positive column. /sarcasm

No shock here. CNN is a shameful blight on the media and American society. Its very existence is a black eye on this nation. Its severe ‘America hatred syndrome’ is disgusting and reprehensible.

MannyT-vA on February 20, 2008 at 2:24 AM

Wow….another stuck in the middle self employed I don’t need no stinking doctor Republican. I thought I was an only child.

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 11:50 PM

We’re self-employed; we pay a grand a month for the two of us. It’s a drag, but I just don’t think government health care is the answer. I’d rather pay and have the quality.

Having said that: If national security fails, what else matters?

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2008 at 2:32 AM

CNN=ClintonCastroCommie News Network

malan89 on February 19, 2008 at 11:23 PM

You left out Chavez… :)

darkpixel on February 20, 2008 at 2:58 AM

Yeah? And Hitler made the trains run on time, so what’s your point?

No, that was Mussolini.

aengus on February 20, 2008 at 5:18 AM

“Also please note that Fidel often drove to the local pound and brought kittens tuna fish purchased with the seized assets of political opponents who happened to mysteriously disappear.”

NeoconNews.com on February 20, 2008 at 5:36 AM

Forget about CNN. Have a look at Canada’s CBC News.

Shy Guy on February 20, 2008 at 6:08 AM

Forget about CNN.Have a look at Canada’s CBC News.
Shy Guy on February 20,2008 at 6:08 AM.

Shy Guy:As a Canadian,your right CBC is no better than CNN.
I for one, will not board the blame America crowd!
Liberals have infected both sides of the border,
and for Cuba,Fidel is a monster.For the world
opinion,they blame America,I know whats just
and the truth,America is the leader of the Free
World,and is an honourable great nation,period!

Oh ya,for Cuba,Fidel Castro is to blame.period!

canopfor on February 20, 2008 at 6:36 AM

Allison Flexner is an idiot.

Zorro on February 20, 2008 at 7:06 AM

It doesn’t relly matter what the topic, this memo proves definitively that the msm isn’t about hard news, it’s about an agenda. Who, what, where, when and how does not include why unless you are watching cnn and the why is because the United States is bad.

peacenprosperity on February 20, 2008 at 7:09 AM

Given a choice of enemies, I tend to prefer the overt than the hidden.

The Times by Caran, “Who is Raul?”:

A collapse of law-and-order could prompt tens, maybe hundreds of thousands of Cubans to flee on rafts to Miami – as they have three times in the past. With no authoritarian government to stop it, a fourth seaborne exodus could make previous episodes seem small by comparison

.

Damn, we need our border security NOW! The Cuban Missile Crisis during JFK was frightful. Now imagine Cuba’s national upheaval inflamed by their own “Tropical Taliban” compounded by likely attempted Cuban infiltration by Islamic converts. Since Fidel held his powerful sway south of our border via “hate USA”, it seems feasible that terrorists trained by Islamic cells would seek safe harbor in Cuba, embraced by anti-US elements, possibly attempting their own coup or negotiations at least with Raul.

Cuba, if it does not remain home to Cubans, is a cauldron of trouble.

maverick muse on February 20, 2008 at 7:10 AM

And just how well is the healthcare in Cuba?

(I know the answer.)

Weebork on February 20, 2008 at 1:24 AM

Well, according to Michael Moore, it’s better than ours.

flipflop on February 20, 2008 at 7:15 AM

And just how well is the healthcare in Cuba?

(I know the answer.)

Weebork on February 20, 2008 at 1:24 AM

Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t Fidel call in some European doctors to treat him when his current medical problem started? Somebody call Michael Moore !

OBX Pete on February 20, 2008 at 7:24 AM

Yes, he brought free education, which is totally Marxist in nature.

Yes, he brought universal health care, which has pretty much killed off half the population.

Only thing CNN failed to explain is why, if Cuba was this wonderful place under Castro’s rule, so many Cubans risked their lives crossing the 90 miles of water between Cuba and Miami seeking freedom.

pilamaye on February 20, 2008 at 8:13 AM

Universal health care that killed him two years ago.

Funny how lefties won’t believe in terrorists flying planes into civilian buildings, but when Fidel disappears for two years nothing is wrong, he’s the best thing next to Hillary (whom they still won’t vote for, because Obama promises change, to hope, because we can all believe in hope, and change).

Neo on February 20, 2008 at 8:25 AM

The best part of this is that, as Michael Graham pointed out, these were actual talking points distributed by CNN to the anchors as a reminder of how to position this story while talking on air. He received the internal memo from a contact within CNN.

Alden Pyle on February 20, 2008 at 8:42 AM

From his blog:

CNN: “We’re EXTRA Fair and Balanced For Communist Dictators!”
Employees at CNN arrived at work this morning to find an email from management urging staff members to take special care to “cover the end of the Castro era.

Here is part of the email, verbatim:

From the International Desk

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

* Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration.

* 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.

Gee, I wonder if a similar email went out at CNN when Ronald Reagan died? Based on their coverage at the time, I’d have to say “no.”

But Ted forbid we treat Castro unfairly by reporting the facts. And now that you mention it, I haven’t heard a single reference to the thousands of political prisoners in Cuban prisons under Castro in any of CNN’s coverage. They did mention the fact that he has been repeatedly re-elected, but I don’t think they ever mentioned he was essentially unopposed.

That crazy Castro! You gotta love him–or else CNN will

fire you.

Alden Pyle on February 20, 2008 at 8:45 AM

In 1996 Marge Schott (d. 2004), owner of the Cincinnati Reds, said Adolf Hitler “was good in the beginning, but went too far.” Major League Baseball banned her from the game through the 1998 season. (If memory serves, Germany in the 1930s had great schools, top notch medical care, and a boffo highway system.)

Granted Schott was a classic loon, but I thought I’d throw this out there nonetheless.

scatbug on February 20, 2008 at 8:56 AM

Charles Manson loves kitties. Free him.

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 11:21 PM

lol. I was gonna say that this didnt really strike me as that terrible of CNN to say, but that kinda put a different light on it. Well played.

Dash on February 20, 2008 at 9:06 AM

Had Camelot not chickened out sent the air cover according to plan at the Bay of Pigs we might today be wondering who the hell Fidel and Raul Castro were. Oh that’s right, Democrats are military morons. Sorry. Barak Huseein Obama for Commander in Chief!

Akzed on February 20, 2008 at 9:09 AM

“Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba ….”

Hahaha, it’s not surprising CNN omitted the most significant achievement and most profound change of all that Fidel brought to Cuba — the consolidation of the vast, complex and sometimes confusing Cuban criminal and civil code into one law.

Dusty on February 20, 2008 at 9:20 AM

Having said that: If national security fails, what else matters?

capitalist piglet on February 20, 2008 at 2:32 AM

Right on. Sharia will not allow us many freedoms, now will it?

Grafted on February 20, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Yes, we’re talking about the same gaggle of CNN left wing nut jobs that continued to pander to Saddam even after our soldiers were engaged in combat with the Iraqi army. You may remember Nic Robertson and his loving treatment of the butcher of Baghdad during the bombing of the city. How great it would be if that disgusting network moved its headquarters to some foreign land, far, far away.

rplat on February 20, 2008 at 9:48 AM

So now we can officially equate Obama and Hillary to Castro with universal health care.
If you want health care like Cuba, vote for Obama/Hillary…

right2bright on February 20, 2008 at 9:55 AM

So now we can officially equate Obama and Hillary to Castro with universal health care.
If you want health care like Cuba every other industrialized nation on earth, vote for Obama/Hillary…

right2bright on February 20, 2008 at 9:55 AM

fixed it for you.

crr6 on February 20, 2008 at 10:04 AM

fixed it for you.

crr6 on February 20, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Having lived under such a (socialist) system, I wish upon you to have your teeth treated live, and to have your teeth’ nerves pulled out the same way. And that, just for starters. You have no idea what you are wishing for, nor what you write of. I also know the other “industrialized nations”‘ systems well.

Entelechy on February 20, 2008 at 12:25 PM

The whole point of economic conservatism is that the government solution is always the worst solution because they do things that cost the most and accomplish the least. In that instance, the best thing to do is precisely nothing. Then the market can work out a real solution.

But instead they demagogue the issue (just like the economy) and get most people thinking things are worse than they are (just like the economy). Bad government intervention will ensure catasrophe. Government disengagement will most likely result in the best possible outcome.

urbancenturion on February 20, 2008 at 12:01 AM

I don’t disagree… but we still don’t have a GOP alternative.

RightWinged on February 20, 2008 at 1:22 PM