The Latest Joint CBS-Castro Production

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Last week’s 60 Minutes featured another in its long line of joint CBS-Castro productions. This time Anderson Cooper and his production crew partnered with the Stalinist regime’s Centro de Investigaciones Marinas for a propaganda piece on the marvels of Cuban coral reef conservation. The co-host of the CBS show and conduit for this fruitful Communist infomercial was Dr. David Guggenheim, senior fellow at the Ocean Foundation in Washington, D.C. who chairs its Cuba Marine Research and Conservation Program. Dr. Guggenheim toasts himself as a “Cubaphile” and toasts Castro’s fiefdom (which he has visited over 40 times in recent years) as a “magical place.”

Needless to remind (or perhaps not given that the Cold War supposedly ended over 20 years ago), such a gold-plated visa is not handed-out haphazardly by Stalinist regimes. And such a welcome mat and red carpet are not rolled out randomly. To wit:

“Cultural exchanges with foreign countries are our most effective propaganda,” reads a declassified KGB document from May, 20, 1981.

“We cannot for a second abandon propaganda,” wrote Fidel Castro in a letter to revolutionary colleague Melba Hernandez in 1954. “Propaganda is vital — propaganda is the heart of our struggle.”

“Foreign reporters, preferably American, were much more valuable to us than any military victory. Much more valuable than rural recruits for our guerrilla force, were American media recruits to export our propaganda” wrote Che Guevara in his diaries.

It’s a long shot of speculation here, but just maybe the sentiments mentioned above had something to do with Cooper and Guggenheim’s instant Cuban visas and VIP pampering?

Dr. Guggenheim’s “magical place,” by the way, just decreed three days of mourning for Kim Jong Il. When Fidel Castro visited North Korea in 1986 his paeans to his hosts sounded much like Cooper and Guggenheim’s paeans to theirs last week. “I was astounded by the magnificent achievements of the heroic Korean people,” wrote Castro. “There wasn’t a single topic I could not discuss with my illustrious host [Kim Il Sung].”

Che Guevara’s worldwide diplomatic tour in 1960 included North Korea, which stole his heart. “North Korea is a model to which revolutionary Cuba should aspire,” he proclaimed upon returning to Havana. Then he promptly put his aspiration into action by setting up a huge prison camp at Guanahacabibes in western-most Cuba. This barbed wire enclosure cornered with machine gun towers and featuring forced-labor in the broiling sun supervised by Soviet bayonets was set up specifically — and instantly crammed to suffocation with — “lazy youths” and “delinquents.” But no “Occupy Guanahacabibes ” or “Occupy Havana” demonstrations have been recently reported, that I know of.

After surfacing from their scuba dive at Jardines de la Reina reef off southern Cuba, Cooper and Guggenheim rhapsodized for the CBS cameras thusly:

Guggenheim: “The corals are healthy. The fish are healthy and abundant. There are predators here, large sharks. It’s the way these ecosystems really should look.”

Anderson Cooper: “You’re saying this is like a time capsule, almost?”

Guggenheim: “It’s a living time machine. And it’s a really incredible opportunity to learn from.”

Cooper: “So something here holds the key to figuring out how to save other reefs and bring them back.”

Guggenheim: “it’s because this ecosystem is being protected, it’s got a leg up on other ecosystems around the world that are being heavily fished.”

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  • Steve Chavez

    And then there's Jimmy Carter who sent his condolences to North Korea along with others like Cuba and Venezuela. Imagine the real crying, by Americans, when Fidel dies! Cubans will be like the Wizard of Oz clip when Dorothy pours a pale of water on the "Wicked Witch of the West" and she melts away. She was afraid that her Army would attack her but instead, they rejoiced.

    Cubans, who have become institutionalized like those living in prisons for fifty years, who should have their Caribbean Spring to rid the Castro's forever including more monuments after death, will rejoice at their Prison Wardens death.

    There are four countries in the world today that are a threat to world peace: Cuba, Venezuela, North Korea, and Iran. "Imagine World Peace?" IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT THEM! ONLY AMERICANS WILL LONG FOR THESE GREAT "MIRACLE PLACES" BUT I STILL CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY DON'T MOVE THERE!!!

    • AzztishER

      Because they are sick. America is like a girlfriend they hate but would rather beat and abuse than beak up with and take their chances loving another woman.
      Because they are not capable of love, just hate, so they stay and hate, instead of leave and love.
      They are mentally unwell.

  • Jon Threlkeld

    There is no polite way to put this: that puff piece aired on 60 Minutes was a goddamned lie. It gave the utterly false impression that Cuba's coral reefs were the only "healthy" ones on the planet and the credit for this belonged to the bloody fiend Castro. Ever heard of the Great Barrier Reef? The thousands of reefs in the Pacific and others in the Caribbean? When it comes to butt smooching homicidal dictators, CBS can proudly consider itself among the best.

  • Ghostwriter

    It's a shame CBS does this. Are they willfully blind or what?

  • johnnywoods

    I just hope that Mr. Fontova lives long enough to urinate on the graves of the brothers Castro.And by the way, Che is waiting in Hell as he curses them for betrayal of him. Good riddance to all that bad rubbish.

  • Edward

    It's not just Anderson Cooper, Scott Pelley is turning viewers off to CBS News and 60 Minutes.

    I stopped watching CBS Evening News when Katie Couric took over. And what happened? She was replaced by an even more smug talking head.

    CBS, You used to be the best, now you are in Fourth Place.

    Restore Journalistic Ethics to CBS before it's too late.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Too late…………………….William

  • Brujo Blanco

    CBS is like all pro commie people and organizations. They see themselves as communist/liberal elites that will be at the to of the heap when the time comes. Most commie leaders receive items and privileges that the rank and file can only dream of. The left complains about their ochre not being observed while conspiring to take eights away from others.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    What good can be found from anything the CommunistBroadcastingSystem has
    to offer, clown Anderson and Guggenheim should move into the reef and live
    there adding to the sea snake and shrimp population. Castro brothers, real
    conservationists, everything is conserved for them and the Cubans let them
    get away with it, must be something in the water, probably the thousands of
    bodies executed by Castro……………………………………………….William

  • Flowerknife_us

    How does Abortion stack up to Anderson and Guggenheim as compaired to their worry of the coral reefs?

  • rturpin

    "But I searched the media records in utter vain for, say, a National Geographic (which has run multiple specials extolling Castroite conservation) that extolled Apartheid South Africa’s conservation consciousness."

    Strangely, I only had to type "Marlin Perkins Kruger National Park" into Google, to come up with Youtube videos extolling the wildlife there. Shot back when apartheid was reality. And first broadcast, I suspect, on NBC. That was one search, in five minutes, by someone far from expert at digging up old articles and archival footage. I have no doubt that a professional journalist easily would find quite a bit more coverage of South Africa's parks featured in major America media through the decades that apartheid was active.

    Castro has done great harm, and lived far too long. I will dance when he dies. But I can only laugh when I see silly right-wing characterizations of American media. I remember the 70s, and there were plenty of articles and broadcasts in the major media extolling various aspects of South Africa, as well as ones critical of apartheid.

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