It’s been awhile since we had a possible case of fauxtography this juicy. The makers of a British documentary, “638 Ways to Kill Castro,” claim they caught Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican Congresswoman from Florida and ranking member of the House International Relations Committee, on tape calling for his death. The exact quote:
I welcome the opportunity of having anyone assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.
Here’s where things get interesting:
Ros-Lehtinen, who has never hid her loathing for Castro, says the clip was spliced together.
Watch the video closely, she says. She says her lips aren’t saying what the audio says she is. At one point in the clip, a sharp-eyed viewer can see what appears to be a skip in the filming.
”It’s twisted in a way that gives the viewer a totally wrong impression,” Ros-Lehtinen said Friday…
That said, Ros-Lehtinen, born in Havana, says she will celebrate Castro’s death — whether by old age, illness or at the hands of an assassin…
‘If someone were to do it, I wouldn’t be crying,” she said.
You’ll find the clip below. It’s true that her lips aren’t perfectly synced to the audio but they do appear to be saying what you hear her saying. I don’t see any obvious splicing, either. If they did cut it, the cut probably comes right after she says “welcome” — but in that case, out of what context was the rest of the sentence wrongly taken? If you read the sentence, the most logical place for the cut would be between “anyone” and “assassinate.” I can easily imagine something like, “I welcome the opportunity of having anyone debate me on these issues” and “There will, unfortunately, always be attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro and any leader who is oppressing the people.”
I think she probably said what they’re saying she said. But judge for yourself.
Update: Mike McConnell of Kokonut Pundits says if you read her lips without the audio, it looks like she’s saying “But I won’t welcome the opportunity…” He’s right, it does.