The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro

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Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Humberto Fontova, the author of three critically-acclaimed and internationally-published books on the Cuban Revolution. He was born in Havana, Cuba in 1954 and escaped from Castro’s communist regime in 1961 with his family.  His father remained briefly in Cuba as a political prisoner while Humberto and his family were accepted as political refugees in the USA.  He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans and a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. Humberto has become FoxNews’ “go-to-guy” on Cuban matters and has been a regular Frontpage Magazine contributor for almost a decade. He is the author of the new book, The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro.

FP: Welcome, amigo.

Fontova: Great to be here, Jamie. Thanks for the invite.

FP: Let’s begin with what inspired you to write this book.

Fontova: I’m gritting my teeth as I write this, because I normally detest the term “consciousness-raising,” —but I simply can’t avoid it here. That’s precisely what I’m attempting with this book, as I have with my previous ones on the so-called Cuban Revolution. Few events in modern history are as misunderstood. Few have been as effectively propagandized. Among historical figures, Fidel Castro wins, hands down, as the most persistently effective liar of modern times. Castro’s colorful cachet as worldwide icon of anti-Americanism and as pioneering beatnik allows his record as a warmonger, racist/Stalinist and the godfather of modern terrorism to be forgiven, ignored and falsified. The Longest Romance exposes this record, the abettors and the falsifiers.

FP: So what story does The Longest Romance tell and how is it different from other books on the subject?

Fontova:  Well, to begin with, there are no other books precisely on this subject. Yes, biographies on Fidel Castro and Che Guevara abound, but most have been written – to some extent or the other — in collaboration with the regime or using leftist or communist renegade critics of the regime as primary sources. As if the only acceptable histories of the Russian Revolution and Bolshevism should be written by Trotskyites or Mensheviks.  Of course these sources have important material to contribute — but they also have much to hide, namely their own responsibility for the disaster.

In my books, I make it point to include the accounts of people who had Castro and Che’s number from day one. Amazingly, these invaluable sources are habitually shunned. For instance, I wonder how many people realize that the CIA, in collaboration with some of Cuba’s aristocracy, had a major role in helping Castro and Che into power?

 FP: Expand for us on the evil of Castro and his regime.

Fontova: Castro jailed political prisoners at a higher rate than Stalin during the Great Terror, murdered more Cubans in his first three years in power than Hitler murdered Germans during his first six and came closest of anyone in history to starting a worldwide nuclear war.

In the above process the Castro brothers and Che Guevara converted a nation with a higher per-capita income than half of Europe and a huge influx of immigrants into one that repels Haitians and boasts the highest suicide rate in the hemisphere. Who would guess any of this from reading the mainstream media? Instead we read almost exclusively about how Castro  freed Cuba from the greedy clutches of U.S. robber barons and bestowed his formerly downtrodden countrymen with free healthcare and education.

In fact, as recently as 2011, Newsweek magazine ranked Cuba among “The Best Countries in the World” for its “exceptional quality of life.”

Most Americans would never know this from the major media but an official “state-sponsor-of terror” ( as Cuba is designated by our State department) sits 90 miles from U.S. shores essentially under the same leadership as in 1962 when it craved – and came within a whisker – of igniting a worldwide nuclear war.

“What!” Khrushchev gasped on Oct. 28th 1962, as recalled by his son Sergei. “Is he (Fidel Castro) proposing that we start a nuclear war? That we launch missiles from Cuba?…But that is insane!…Remove them (our missiles) as soon as possible! Before it’s too late. Before something terrible happens!” commanded the Soviet premier.

It’s really saying something that the man appalled by Castro’s bloodthirstiness was Nikita Khrushchev, who performed faithfully as Stalin’s butcher and enforcer in the Ukraine during the  famine and Great Terror.

“My dream is to drop three Atomic Bombs on New York City (Raul –not Fidel—Castro, Nov. 1960.)

While imprisoned for terrorism in 1955 Fidel wrote to a communist colleague:  “Propaganda is the heart of our struggle. We must never abandon propaganda.”

In his famous diaries published in 1959, Che Guevara revealed: “Much more valuable than recruits for our guerrilla force were American media recruits to export our propaganda.”

Most Cuba-watchers notice that Castro and Che’s propaganda is still being very effectively exported worldwide. Decades before the terms “spin” and “damage-control” entered the political lexicon, Fidel Castro was a virtuoso of both.

FP: How do you explain the complicity of major U.S. media players in spreading Castro’s propaganda? Can you name some of the major accomplices?

Fontova: There’s a “coolness” and “hipster” cachet that hovers around the leaders of the Cuban Revolution that simply will not dissipate, despite a half century of Stalinist crimes.

 “They saw in him (Castro) the hipster who in the era of the Organization Man had joyfully defied the system,” wrote President Kennedy’s adviser Arthur Schlesinger Jr back in 1961.

In fact, the brain-shackled robot the Castro brothers and Che Guevara tried to create with their firing squads, forced labor camps and Stalinist indoctrination makes the Eisenhower era’s Organization Man look like a combination of Jimmy Hendrix and Jack Kerouac.

The notion of Castro’s Cuba as stiflingly Stalinist nation never quite caught on among the “enlightened.”  The regime was founded by “beatniks,” after all. In 1960 Jean Paul Sartre hailed Cuba’s Stalinist rulers as “les Enfants au Pouvoir” (the children in power). A few months earlier Fidel Castro spoke at Harvard the same bill as beat poet Allen Ginsberg. And ever since then, long-haired Che Guevara has reigned worldwide as top icon of youthful rebellion.  The reality, as documented in my book, differs grotesquely:

“Youth must refrain from ungrateful questioning of governmental mandates!” raved Che Guevara in a famous speech in 1961. “The very spirit of rebellion is reprehensible,” commanded this icon of Flower Children. “Instead the young must dedicate themselves to study, work and military service.”

For close to a decade, over half of what Americans have read about Cuba in the mainstream media has been doctored by Castro-regime “agents-of-influence” working in concert with the Castro regime’s Intelligence service.  To wit: among the mainstreams media’s favorite sources on Cuban matters are The Council on Foreign Relations’ Julia Sweig, and the Cuban Research Center’s Phil Peters.

Well, in my book the Defense Intelligence Agency’s top Cuba spycatcher Lieut. Col. Chris Simmons identifies Ms Sweig as a Cuban “agent of influence.”  In the very acknowledgements to her book, Ms Sweig thanks the “warm friendship” and “support” of six different Cuban spies and terrorists–three of whom were expelled from the U.S. for terrorism and/or espionage.

My book also includes a court discovery document showing how Phil Peters long received under-the-table payments from one of Castro’s biggest Canadian business partners.

A rising star as “Cuba expert” among the major media is Denver University scholar Arturo Lopez-Levy. In fact my book discloses that his real name is Arturo Lopez-Callejas, a former Cuban intelligence analyst, who is also Raul Castro’s nephew–in-law.

Nobody would guess any of the above from reading the bios or intros to these Cuba “experts “as run by the New York Times of NPR.

FP: What do you hope this book will achieve?

Fontova:  At least alleviate this grotesque disconnect between the “hipster/health-care” image of the Cuban Revolution and the horrors of a Stalinist police state.

FP: Humberto Fontova, thank you for joining Frontpage Interview. It was an honor to speak with you and thank you for dedicating yourself to telling the truth about communist monsters and those who worship them. We wish you the best.

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  • Clare Spark

    Hemingway was an admirer of Fidel Castro. See their images here: “Ernest Hemingway and Gellhorn in China (3).” Liberals don’t hold this against him, but he was recruited to the KGB in October 1940. Not just a rumor, but verified by Soviet archives.

    • hrwolfe

      I have read that his suicide might have occurred because of his realization of his errors. I would be curious of your view.

    • popsiq

      The Spanish Civil War converted a bunch of people to thinking ‘anti-fascist’. Strange, but for a while between 39 and 45, most of the world joined them.

  • PAthena

    Why did Janet Reno, working for President Clinton, if my memory serves me right, insist that the little boy Elian be returned to his father in Cuba, after his mother died on the high seas trying to escape Cuba?


    The Castro family socialist dictatorship started in 1959. It is now 55 years that the Castro dictatorship has controlled Cuba.

    When Fidel was forced out of office, not due to losing another sham election, but due to ill health, the person who took over socialist Cuba, was….

    his brother Raul.

    Gotta have a Castro at the head. Can’t trust anyone else.

  • Johnny Palestine

    Who financed and armed Castro in his ” golpe de estado“ or coup d’etat? And Why?

    Here is a video on Cuba before 1959: looks like Miami The only entities that come to mind are CIA or Rockefeller or MI5. But Why? To protect the growing US/Anglo companies to increase their dominant market share, with no regard to the murders and torture to come. How could the US allow this? How could the UN allow this? Same way they allow North Korea to continue?

    The luckiest people in the world are the Americans. The unluckiest are the rest of the world. Towards most of the rest of the world, The Anglo World is a fascist invader and double crosser; i.e., Iran 1953, Iran/Iraq 1980s, Vietnam 1967, Afghanistan 2003 ( especially if you are a Christian).

    good things have come from America but a lot of bad too

    Competition is a sin – John D Rockefeller

    • 1Indioviejo1


      • luis segui

        bigot Indio

        • American Patriot

          Bigot segui.

          • luis segui

            I am not for an embargo on any country, loser

          • American Patriot

            Yes you are, you Stalinist/Maoist. You are for the embargo against democratic Israel, yet you oppose even the slightest, most limited sanctions on Communist Cuba. Typical double standard.

          • Notalibfool

            Loser, eh? Maybe you’re just jealous of our much higher standard of living and our freedoms.

    • American Patriot

      Shut up, you stupid Stalinist/Maoist. Look at all the invasions, interventions and occupations your beloved Soviet Union and Communist China have done throughout the last century, including in places like Spain (1936-1939), almost all of Eastern Europe (1945-1989), North Korea (late 1940s-present), Iran from the late 1940s to 1953 (Mossadegh was a Soviet/Chinese Communist puppet), North Vietnam and later all of Vietnam (1940s-present), Egypt (1950s-1970s), Tibet (1950-present), Iraq (1958 and 1979), Syria (1963 and 1966), Cuba (1959-present), Peru (1968-1975), Chile (1970-1973), Libya (1969-2011), Angola (1970s onward), Ethiopia (1974-1991), Nicaragua (1979-1990), Grenada (1979-1983), Afghanistan (1978-1990), Suriname (1980-1983), Zimbabwr (1980-present), Belarus (1995-present), Venezuela (1999-present), Georgia (2008), Ukraine (2014) and other places. The real criminals are the Communist empire and its proxies.

      • JohnPalestine

        “Real ” criminals vs.criminals. Rockefellers and their sycophants are criminals and murderers too.

        As far as Mossadegh being a Soviet/Chinese puppet, that is for the people of Iran to decide and deal with it. Anglos are greedy pigs who refused to share the oil resources of Iran. Thanks to their bloodlust and greed, the world is a bloody mess.

        I am not a Maoist fool. History is history. Can an American not resort to insults or is that impossible for an Anglo?

      • cacslewisfan

        Wow. Thanks for the list. Kick over a third world toilet and there’s a Marxist at the bottom. Collectivism is a huge fail. Why does it seem to work in the Scandinavian countries?

  • Christopher Riddle

    Not To Worry!We will soon have our Very Own”Castro Brothers”direct from San Antonio,TX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Every time Barbara Walters comes on TV these days to receive accolades for her “Career” I remember her self described affair with Fidel Castro when she interviewed the Cuban monster back in the day. I think this is a pertinent question to keep front and center for future interviews.

    • luis segui

      indio bigot let Cuba live. USA/Cuba Embargo=Terrorism American Style

      • 1Indioviejo1

        Luis Segui, you call anyone not a Communist like you a Bigot? Then I am proud to stand for liberty and against Communism. While I am at it correcting your disinformation for the few who may doubt the righteousness of the Embargo I would remind them 0f the fact that Europe, Canada, Mexico and the rest of the world have ALWAYS had comercial dealings with Cuba. For Cuba it is only a PROPAGANDA TOOL easily transparent. The reality is that the Cubans would like to have trade with us so as to obtain credit, which they will not pay down the road, as the Argentines have done so well. You are a lying Communist Tool! There, I said it again.

        • luis segui

          Brainwashed indioviejo bigot bully. An embargo is a siege on people. Go shopping for some more junk at Walmart loser

          • Notalibfool

            Hey Luis, how much is senor castro paying you to make stupid comments? Your beloved castro brothers have raped Cuba too long. Time for the two foolish old liars to go away.

            Think the US is bad? Notice we have more than one political party. We have freedom of speech, religion, press, etc. We have the right to bear arms. We can move from one place to another without having to get permission. Even in the Obama era it is still possible for a person to work hard and be successful. The castro brothers (los hermanos stupidos) have done NONE of that for Cuba, and they never will.

      • Canadianpatriot

        Embargo? What embargo? This is the myth that the Cuban regime perpetuates so that Cubans blame their poverty on the USA instead of on the Stalinist wreckage that they call a government. The USA is Cuba’s largest trading partner. Huge numbers of Americans visit Cuba on vacation. Go to Havana instead of Varadero as I have. You will see where the money goes: monuments to communists and communism, military equipment, spies, and corruption. While the “police” swagger around in spiffy new uniforms, with modern weapons and communications equipment in order to maintain their hold on people who hate them, discouraged people whose incentive and energy is daily sapped, walk around in shabby t-shirts. The lovely buildings once owned and beautifully maintained by the middle class are now falling into ruin. Propaganda messages, and images of the thug and murderer Che Guevara are omnipresent. The a**h*les in charge can kill, but haven’t the foggiest notion of the importance of individual liberty, what makes people happy, or of fundamental economics. The countryside lies littered with rusting, empty factories, and vast areas that in the USA or Canada would be productively cultivated, and once were, lie overgrown with scrub. I spoke with a Cuban whose final words to me as we parted were, “Cuba is a prison.” Can you imagine how I felt when this poor man spoke those words to me? I am retired, but would personally heft a weapon despite my age to help free the Cuban people from the vicious thugs in charge there. By the way, those who go to holiday in Varadero, are financially supporting a terrorist regime. Don’t go on principle!

        • popsiq

          You left out the part about their kids being fed, healthy, in school and with a possible future. Go visit Mexico, the DR or another tourist hotspot Bucky – you’ll find more ‘policios’ of varying colours there. Criminals too.

          • American Patriot

            You are obviously repeating Cuban Communist imperialist propaganda, you loon. First of all, Cubans are not well fed in today’s Communist Cuba. The daily food rations (in place since 1962) for Cubans today are smaller than the rddaily rations that the king of Spain mandated that Cuban slaves had in 1842, at a time when Cuba was a Spanish colony. Also, the health care in Cuba, while it is affordable, its quality is horrible. While students and everyone else are literate, they can only read things that are approved by the dictatorship. A person can spend up to 20 years for the horrible “crime” of owning George Orwell’s Animal Farm book. Censorship is heavy in Communist Cuba. Mexico and the Dominican Republic are much free countries than Communist Cuba. Unlike Communist Cuba, Mexico and the Dominican Republic are democracies. Unlike Communist Cuba, there is freedom of speech and press in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Unlike Communist Cuba, there is freedom of traveling in Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Quit being an apologist for Communist totalitarianism.

  • nomoretraitors

    “At least alleviate this grotesque disconnect between the “hipster/health-care” image of the Cuban Revolution and the horrors of a Stalinist police state”
    I think the left is too far gone to understand reason and facts

    • popsiq

      I’ve seen more convicts working a ditch in Georgia than I’ve ever seen in Cuba.

      • 1Indioviejo1

        There is NO work in Cuba!

  • luis segui

    Fontova The Bigot. USA/Cuba Embargo=Terrorism American Style

    • American Patriot

      There is no US embargo on Communist Cuba, you dumb Stalinist/Maoist bigot. There are only limited sanctions. Communist Cuba is a terrorist state that has tried to destroy the United States many times over the past 50 years, including the Cuban Missile Crisis and the plot to incinerate New York City a month after the Missile Crisis. I say that the current situation is that Communist Cuba wants a worldwide embargo on the United States and they are trying to do it through propaganda in academia and the media.

      • luis segui

        How many American men died in VietNam? But we dont embargo them. Brainwashed American Patriot

        • American Patriot

          You idiot, the North Vietnamese leadership (who were/are Communists) were allies with Communist Cuba. The Cuban Communist imperialists instructed the North Vietnamese Communists how to torture American POWs. Also, how many times do I have to tell you that THERE IS NO US EMBARGO ON COMMUNIST CUBA, YOU STALINIST/MAOIST LOSER?! There are only limited sanctions, as the United States is one of Cuba’s largest trading partners overall.

          • JohnPalestine

            WHO FINANCED THE ARMS for CASTRO? A simple questions Americans and the Brits refuse to answer. Communism still takes money. WHO FINANCED IT? R o c k e f e l l e r

        • SoCalMike

          When you call ANYONE brainwashed, you’re doing what Sigmund Freud called “projecting.”
          That is you’re taking your ignorant uninformed beliefs and attitudes and placing them on people you disagree with.
          You’re as brainwashed, mentally conformed and clueless as they come.
          Go back to wherever you were brainwashed and demand a refund from the school.

        • 1Indioviejo1

          John Kennedy gave Cuba a pass while we lost 58,000 American men fighting Communist expansion in S.E. Asia. Cuba is 90 miles away from Kew West, and we could of nip the Communist government in the bud at a far, far less cost. The Kennedy blunder cause the infiltration of Latin America by the Cuban Communist cadre, and today we see Vanezuela, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Bolivia, Ecuador, and the rest of the leftist scum destroying their countries. We are still paying the price for electing an ignorant playboy to the WH.

          • American Patriot

            What about Argentina and Brazil? How come they don’t get mentioned either?

          • luis segui

            brainwashed indio.

        • Notalibfool

          How many Cubans died under castro’s inept leadership? How many of your soldiers died propping up dictatorships in Africa?

          Luis your lovesick devotion to the failed communist government of Cuba is pathetic.

      • popsiq

        It’s the original blue print for the ‘sanctions’ program America loves so much. And yes, Susan, it’s real

        • American Patriot

          The so-called “embargo” is a myth. There is no embargo on Communist Cuba. The United States is one of Communist Cuba’s largest overall trading partners. There are only limited sanctions on Communist Cuba. If there were really a worldwide embargo on Communist Cuba like there was on then-apartheid South Africa, the dictatorship in Cuba would have collapsed a while ago. Quit repeating Cuban Communist propaganda. And no, I am not Susan.

          • popsiq

            Canadian companies that trade in Cuba are blacklisted from trade in the USA. No NYSE listings, no business with US banks. No NAFTA trade. Why’s that?

  • popsiq

    It must have taken a while to wipe the spit off the microphone.
    While it is a truth in life that Fidel Castro might engender parade in little Havana, it would probably culminate in a neck-tie party or an ‘auto da fe’. It comes as no surprise that there are Cubans who ‘remember’ – there is a middle eastern nation dedicated to remembering and the Balkans still seethe with events almost two centuries past. To remember is human … to forgive, impossible.
    Castro happened to the stage at a unique time in social history, a time when the post war ‘status quo’ was getting the first of a long hard look. Certainly the Cuba of the mafia nightclubs and the beneficent rule of Fulgencio Batista couldn’t stand up to the novelty of men in GI surplus. He must have had something going for himself among most Cubans (we know he had the press on his side) or he wouldn’t have won.
    The point is he did. And if he were gone tomorrow, it is highly unlikely that most Cubans would vote Mr. Bacardi back his beach at Veradero, The US Oil corporations their Cuban subsidiary, what’s left of the mob a license to run casinos and hookers, or the denizens of ‘Miamita’ a catbird seat in the Cuban society they long ago deserted. That better-than-European PCI Castro ‘stole from them??? Now that IS tempting.