Fidel Castro Glowingly Endorses The New York Times' Cuba Editorial

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
In a column in Cuban state mediadictator Fidel Castro gave a glowing endorsement of this week's New York Times editorial.

And why wouldn't he?

The editorial calls for the U.S. to unilaterally lift sanctions and hand billions of dollars in trade, tourism and investment to Castro's monopolies.

Moreover, it calls for the U.S. to unconditionally normalize relations with Castro's brutal, totalitarian dictatorship.

And what does Castro have to do in return for all of this generosity?

Absolutely nothing.

In a particularly emotional moment (apparently overwhelmed by all this generosity), Castro gushes in the column about his old friend and propagandist, former NYT reporter Herbert Matthews.

To add insult to injury, the NYT's naive (or perhaps embarrassed) editorial writer, Ernesto Londoño, finds it remarkable that Castro cut and paste the entire editorial -- "for one main reason: by quoting nearly every paragraph in the editorial, he amplified the reach of an article that included significant criticism of the Cuban government."

No, Mr. Londoño, Castro cut and paste your entire editorial precisely because it did not include significant criticism of the Cuban government.

To the contrary, as we've previously noted (click here), the NYT's editorial shamefully omitted Cuba's reality and minimized Castro's repression.

Adding to Castro's praise of the NYT's editorial today were Rev. Jesse Jackson and Chavez/Maduro propagandist Eva Golinger.

That's quite a fan club.