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Interview: Humberto Fontova on the MSM’s Love for Fidel Castro

October 13th, 2013 - 7:24 pm

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Considering that Dan Rather’s shameful acts during the 2004 presidential election gave PJ Media its original name, I shouldn’t be astonished, but even at this late date, it’s still pretty amazing to think that a man who once held himself out as a quote-unquote “objective” journalist would say of Fidel Castro that he’s “Cuba’s own Elvis.”

That’s just one of the many radical chic romances the MSM and Hollywood still have for Castro and his socialist prison island, as veteran author, columnist and PJM contributor Humberto Fontova tells me today, quoting from his latest book, The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. During our interview, Humberto will discuss:

● When Ernest Hemingway viewed Che Guevara’s execution squads personally.

● How did The Godfather Part II become the MSM’s go-to guide for pre-Castro Cuba?

● Which film did Robert Redford present to Fidel Castro and the widow of Che Guevara in a private showing?

● What is Cuba’s  “Military-Tourism Complex”?

● What is Fontova’s take on Diana Nyad, who recently successfully swam from Cuba to Florida?

And much more. Click here to listen:

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Castro has said that Israel has the right to exist.
http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2010/09/fidel-castro-and-israels-right-to-exist/63369/
This should be publicized. Leftists should have to learn about it.
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For Dan Rather & company, Castro really IS a rock star. As the anecdote about Diane Sawyer shows, our "enlightened" elite swoon over him the way a 12 year old girl might swoon over Justin Bieber. The question is WHY?

It is not true, as Agesilaos (above) says, that "they've never met a murdering psychopath they didn't like." Or at least, leaving the word "psychopath" aside, they have certainly disliked many dictators. Did they not detest Pinochet? Franco? The Shah of Iran?

It would seem that being anti-American is the main thing, a "virtue" that covers all sins.
But, as with the little girls swooning over Bieber, this is beyond reason. It fulfills some deep emotional need. Given that they are full grown adults, I suggest that it is THEY, and not the murderous dictators, who are insane.
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It’s no secret that leftists here and elsewhere are deeply piqued at the US for winning the Cold War or, rather, for ‘causing’ the Soviet Union to collapse. Quite a few in the film industry—excepting the garden variety flakenoids—still have their groove in this long-playing fantasy. Coppola is definitely on the A-list. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone. Redford seems more garden variety though—it’s just too hard to take the guy seriously. As a general rule, though, leftists shouldn’t be trusted regardless of the woodwork they come out of. But let’s let the lefties have their long holiday from reality. It’s part of the entertainment.

Hemingway picnicking by Che’s execution squads is a bit of a stretch. But who knows; he shot himself not too long after that.
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Why is anyone surprised? The American left has never made a secret of their Fascist leanings. They've never met a murdering psychopath they didn't like.
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Nobody is surprised, but it's always worth shining a light on their actions and beliefs.
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Humberto and friends can be found kicking cans at http://babalublog.com/
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