Should American Taxpayers Help Fund Cuba’s Media?

File photo of Cuban President Castro attending May Day parade in Revolution Square“Everything within the Revolution, nothing outside of it.” (Fidel Castro speech, June, 1961.)

Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” (Benito Mussolini, Doctrine of Fascism, 1932.)

In his famous speech on June 16, 1961 Fidel Castro, whose KGB-designed jails and torture chambers at the time incarcerated one of every 19 Cubans for political “crimes,” was warning the rest of his subjects how they might stay out of them. In particular he was setting the boundaries of “artistic freedom.” If your prose or poetry or films or journalism served the purposes of the totalitarian regime you were probably safe. Otherwise…?

As usual, even with this declaration Fidel Castro was stealing, from the declarations of his hero Benito Mussolini this time. Earlier he also stole from his hero Adolf Hitler.

“Condemn me, it doesn’t matter,” declared Fidel Castro during the 1953 trial for his failed Moncada putsch. “History will absolve me.”

“You may pronounce me guilty,” declared Adolf Hitler during the 1924 trial for his failed Rathaus putsch. “But the eternal court of history will absolve me.

Last week National Public Radio (lavished with over $ 4 billion by U.S. taxpayers over the past decade) ran a week-long “special series” on—and fromCuba. Such was their propaganda value for the Castro regime, that Cuba’s own KGB-founded and mentored media gleefully ran some of them—and in their pristinely unedited form.

Given Castro’s quote above this should serve as quite a “compliment” to NPR’s producers.

That NPR has a soft spot for socialism should not be surprising, however.  After all, “Federal funding is essential to public radio’s service to the American public,” explains NPR’s own website. “Elimination of federal funding would result in fewer programs, less journalism…and eventually the loss of public radio stations.”

NPR’s brand of journalism came under fire most recently when Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn sponsored a bill in 2011 to defund the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. “Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds programming for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service, has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money,” explained Senator DeMint at the time. “There’s simply no reason to force taxpayers to subsidize liberal programming they disagree with.”

Liberal programming on the dime of unwitting conservative donors is bad enough. Flat-out KGB-mentored propaganda on behalf of a terror-sponsoring regime that murdered more political prisoners than pre-war Hitler’s, jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin’s and came closest of any in history to wantonly igniting a thermo-nuclear war cranks up the offense several notches. Or should.

Even pinkos should be offended by NPR’s latest infomercials on behalf of the Castro-regime, if not by the content, then by the cartoonish and unprofessional presentation of the propaganda. This week NPR’s Morning Edition host David Greene hosted a report from Cuba featuring an interview with a Cuban “man-on-the-street”:

“I was born in 1947, under capitalism,” Landin says. “(Cuba) used to be a pot of crickets. It was the saddest place on earth.”

He wants to be sure we understand how Cuba was before the revolution.

“Have you been to Haiti? That’s what Cuba used to look like. A few people were rich, and everyone else was starving.” 

See Spot run. See Dick and Jane play. “Good grief, NPR!” Castro himself might wince. “I know you mean well. And it’s one thing to earn your Havana bureau. But please, some subtlety and maturity would help. You sound like Igor complimenting his master.”

What makes their Castroite pamphleteering even worse is how NPR bills itself as intrepid investigators who don’t just report. “Great storytelling and rigorous reporting,” boasts the NPR intro page. “These are the passions that fuel us (here at NPR)…But always we dig, question, examine and explore. We never settle for obvious answers and predictable stereotypes. We look to connect history and culture to breaking news.”

Well, exactly how much “digging” would have been required by NPR’s intrepid investigative reporter David Greene (or his staff) to correct this “rigorous” bit of “reporting”? Exactly how much “questioning” and “examination” would have been required to obliterate one of the most grotesque Castroite lies of the century—to “connect history” with the truth, as NPR claims as its goal?

Not much. In fact pre-Castro Cuba enjoyed a higher-standard of living than most of Europe, from which it attracted a flood of immigrants–to say nothing of next door Haiti, whose residents often jumped on rafts desperate to enter pre-Castro Cuba.

Think about that for a second, amigos: people used to jump on rafts and take to the high seas trying to enter Cuba. Yet NPR would have us believe Cuba was as poor as Haiti!

“One feature of the Cuban social structure is a large middle class,” found a report from The Geneva-based International Labor Organization in 1957. “44 per cent of Cubans — a higher percentage than Americans at the time— are covered by social legislation. Cuban workers are more unionized (proportional to the population) than U.S. workers. The average wage for an 8-hour day in Cuba in 1957 is higher than for workers in Belgium, Denmark, France and Germany. Cuban labor receives 66.6 per cent of gross national income. In the U.S. the figure is 70 per cent, in Switzerland 64 per cent.”

When no NPR “reporters” are within hearing range, Commies can be extremely frank with each other. Early in the Cuban revolution, for instance, Czech economist Radoslav Selucky visited Cuba and gaped: “We thought Cuba was underdeveloped except for a few sugar refineries?!” he wrote upon returning to Prague. “This is false. Almost a quarter of Cuba’s labor force was employed in industry where the salaries were equal to those in the U.S.!”

The Castro brothers and Che Guevara converted a nation with a higher per capita income than half of Europe, the lowest inflation rate in the Western hemisphere, a huge influx of immigrants and whose unionized workers enjoyed the 8th-highest industrial wages in the world into one that repels Haitians. And this after being lavished with Soviet subsidies that totaled almost ten Marshall Plans (into a nation of 6.4 million.) This economic feat defies not only the laws of economics but seemingly the very laws of physics. One place where Cuban exiles agree wholeheartedly with Castro and Che is regarding their exalted posts as Third World icons. They certainly converted Cuba into a humdinger of a Third World nation.

David Green has much to learn from one of NPR’s other Cuba correspondents Nick Miroff, who’d never attempt anything as crude as Green’s recent morning edition. Miroff, who also contributes to the Washington Post, is married to the daughter of one of Castro’s top KGB protégés. The man who would have been Miroff’s late father-in-law, Manuel Piniero, founded and headed the Castro regime’s secret police and international terror agency the Dirección General de Inteligencia (DGI.)  As often happens to top players in his profession, (Yezhov, Yagoda, Beria in the mother country) Piniero himself was offed in 1998 after his usefulness to the Castros expired. Not that you’d guess any of Miroff’s background (and what might be influencing his NPR and Washington Post “reporting”) from  the Washington Post and NPR bios of their valued Latin American correspondent.

Just thought you should know. 

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