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Christiane Amanpour's Lovefest with Castro's Daughter
Townhall.com ^ | June 12, 2012 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on 06/12/2012 4:36:57 AM PDT by Kaslin

Given the media’s neurotic hyper-sensitivity to the most microscopic hint of white on black racism here’s a question:

When would a black human-rights activist who was jailed and tortured by a lily-white regime for the crime of quoting Martin Luther King be totally ignored by this same media while he testified to a Senate Committee?

And when would the white daughter of his white torturer (almost concurrently) get fawning media coverage including a forum by CNN for this white woman to insult the black torture victim as a “liar” a “crook” and a “mercenary”—without the slightest rebuttal from her host?

Answer: When the black gentleman was jailed and tortured by the Castro regime and when the white woman is Raul Castro’s daughter Fidel Castro’s niece and Che Guevara’s god-daughter. Oops! A caveat: I realize that The Godfather remains the top educational source on Cuba for many Americans. But unlike Connie and Michael Corleone, Cuba’s Stalinist Mafiosi aren’t big into religious arcana like assigning godparents. So I admit to imprecision on the identity of Mariela Castro’s godfather. Raul Castro did serve as best man at Che Guevara’s first wedding however. And Che Guevara later stood in Raul’s. So I’m close.

Mariela Castro’s family regime, by the way, has jailed and tortured the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history, several of them suffering longer in her father and uncle’s dungeons than Nelson Mandela suffered in South Africa's apartheid.

Mariela’s “godfather” Che famously denounced blacks as, “indolent and fanciful, spending their money on frivolity and drink.” Not that you would know any of this from CNN, who Mariela’s uncle bestowed with the first news bureau granted to a U.S. network.

“Fidel Castro is one helluva guy!" Ted Turner gushed to a capacity crowd at Harvard Law School during a speech in 1997. "You people would like him! Most people in Cuba like him!" Two weeks later CNN was granted its coveted Havana Bureau.

And if the above crack about The Godfather as “top educational source on Cuba” sounds flippant here’s Jon Stewart (often touted as the top news source for young Americans) from July 23rd 2008: “All I know about pre-Castro Cuba I learned from the Godfather II!”

Here’s Chris Matthews from Oct. 23rd 2011: “I mean everybody who saw Godfather II knows what it was like when Castro took over!”

When Ann Coulter was asked on ABC’s “The View” if she had ever seen two women having sex, she replied: “Not since Katie Couric interviewed Hillary Clinton." Christiane Amanpour’s interview of Mariela Castro last week comes close to such a spectacle. While giving the Stalinist apparatchik a forum to denounce American lawmakers (of Cuban heritage and mostly Republican) as “Mafiosi” and Cuban dissidents as “liars crooks and mercenaries” Amanpour showed cutesey family pics of the Castro family.

This family regime’s policies—combining firing squads, torture, prison beatings, machine-gunning and drowning of escapees--killed an estimated 100,000 Cubans and drove almost 20 per cent of Cuba’s population into exile (from a nation formerly deluged with immigrants.) So imagine the number of Cuban families with gaping holes in their family portraits. Many of these live in the U.S. today within a short ride of CNN studios—to no avail.

A few days after the Amanpour-Castro lovefest a black Cuban dissident named Jorge Garcia Perez better known as “Antunez” testified (via video-conference from Cuba) to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Antunez suffered 17 years in Castro’s dungeons and torture chambers essentially for the crime of quoting Martin Luther King and the UN Declaration on Human Rights.

Given the media’s neurotic hyper-sensitivity to the most microscopic hint of white on black racism here’s a question:

When would a black human-rights activist who was jailed and tortured by a lily-white regime for the crime of quoting Martin Luther King be totally ignored by this same media while he testified to a Senate Committee?

Two years ago while Antunez suffered in Castro’s prisons his sister (today living in the U.S.) declared: "The Cuban government tries to fool the world with siren songs depicting racial equality in our country. But it is all a farce, as I and my family can attest, having suffered from the systematic racism directed at us by Castro's regime. My brother suffers the scourge of racial hatred every day. The beatings are always accompanied by racial epithets. They set dogs on him. They deny him medical attention. They kept him from attending his mother's funeral. The only thing I have to thank the Cuban revolution for," she quoted her brother, "is for restoring the yoke of slavery that my ancestors lived under."

Antunez testimony last week, broadcast from a totalitarian country and at great risk to his liberty, might have been considered newsworthy. Instead he met with a total media blackout. But when Nelson Mandela addressed Congress in June 1990, after a tumultuous ticker tape parade in New York, every U.S. network carried his every word along with the frequent and thunderous Congressional ovations accompanying them. The ovations from members of the Congressional Black Congress, needless to add, were particularly thunderous.

But rather than hailing the black torture victim (Antunez’) this same Congressional Black Caucus hails his torturer, and in a manner that can only be compared to Ann Margaret’s hailing of Conrad Birdie. If this also sounds hyperbolic here are direct quotes from CBC members after their visit to Cuba in April 2009:

“He (Castro) looked directly into my eyes!” gasped Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) “and then he asked: how can we help President Obama? Fidel Castro really wants President Obama to succeed."

"It was quite a moment to behold!" hyperventilated Rep. Barbara Lee. (D-Calif.) “Fidel Castro was very engaging and very energetic."

“He’s one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever met!” gushed Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.)

“Raul Castro was a very engaging, down-to-earth and kind man,” according to “someone who I would favor as a neighbor. It was almost like visiting an old friend," (former Black Panther Bobby Rush (D-Ill.)

During last week’s Senate hearing Antunez denounced the Obama administration’s granting Mariela Castro’s a U.S. visa as an "insult to all suffering Cubans.” Even worse, (better) Antúnez denounced Obama’s "policies of rapprochement with Cuba for strengthening the repressive apparatus and the impunity of the aggressors." "Neither remittances," he stressed, "nor travel, nor cultural exchanges will help the democratization of Cuba."

Any questions why his testimony was blacked out?

Update: According to a report this morning from Antunez's wife in Cuba, a squad of Castro's police swarmed over her husband on Saturday with billy clubs after macing him. They beat him unconscious and dragged him off. As we go to press Antunez' exact condition and whereabouts are unknown. (No word on the arrest from CNN, and we expect none.)

More here: http://www.capitolhillcubans.com/2012/06/senate-witness-arrested-and-brutally.html


TOPICS: Cuba; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: christianeamanpour; marielacastro; mediabias; raulcastro

1 posted on 06/12/2012 4:37:11 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Wow, a lot of kooky statements by Castro-lovers in that article.

Maybe they forgot about that little international incident where Castro gave Cuban soil for Russkie missiles to nuke 1/2 of the United States into a bunch of craters by fireballs of several million degrees? Seems like it was during an October month, as I recall.

I’m sure they must have heard about it. It was in all the newspapers.


2 posted on 06/12/2012 4:49:58 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Kaslin

Excellent questions...this is why CNN is only on in airports anymore.


3 posted on 06/12/2012 5:12:57 AM PDT by kjo (+)
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To: Kaslin

All these leftists are seeking to change the world.

Why don’t they go to Cuba and ask for asylum?

So many millions of “brilliant”, “scientific”, “intelligent”
“intellectuals” would surely make Cuba a superior force in the world to be noticed.

(In other words, why don’t they all get their pretentious, obnoxious, overbearing, subversive backsides out of the United States?)

IMHO


4 posted on 06/12/2012 5:15:14 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Everything I need to know about Amanpour is hanging on her dining room wall.


5 posted on 06/12/2012 5:16:13 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: ripley
“So many millions of “brilliant”, “scientific”, “intelligent”
“intellectuals” would surely make Cuba a superior force in the world to be noticed. (In other words, why don’t they all get their pretentious, obnoxious, overbearing, subversive backsides out of the United States?)”

You are so right! ‘Intellectualism’ is in reality just a ‘club’ which too often attracts narcissists convinced of their own superior knowledge. It has little to do with open-mindedness, intellectual curiosity, or a desire to find truth. Clearly, one pathetic mantra of the ‘intellectual’ crowd is the ridiculous idea that Karl Marx actually had a clue.

6 posted on 06/12/2012 6:07:52 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: Kaslin

pro muslim war whore


7 posted on 06/12/2012 7:37:28 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

“Clearly, one pathetic mantra of the ‘intellectual’ crowd is that Karl Marx actually had a clue.”

He certainly did have a clue; in fact many of them. He served them up on a silver platter, for all the world to see, yet the Progressives missed them all in their arrogant stupidity. They have time and time again disregarded the many millions of murders committed in the name of attaining (forcing) a Marxist utopia. (Scu&bags one and all.)

IMHO


8 posted on 06/12/2012 8:58:01 AM PDT by ripley
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To: Kaslin

Andrea Peyser at the New York Post calls Christiane the War Whore.


9 posted on 06/12/2012 11:16:35 AM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: F15Eagle
The cried when they the shipped the rockets and nukes back to the USSR. They were counting on JFK to cave to the commies as he had before.

I would venture to say that possibly one particular commie made our President pay dearly for his actions, however I wouldn't want to give that odd ball credit for anything.

10 posted on 06/12/2012 12:18:42 PM PDT by oyez ( Affordable Health-care is neither affordable nor health-care.)
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To: Kaslin

Right! Castro was a Hellova' guy.

11 posted on 06/12/2012 12:22:46 PM PDT by oyez ( Affordable Health-care is neither affordable nor health-care.)
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To: oyez

In July 1997, I was preparing to depart Havana after four years. In the middle of packing personal papers, I got a phone call from a colleague who informed me that there had been an explosion at the Hotel Nacional, Havana’s finest. We had several diplomats staying there, including one for whom I was responsible. I raced the four miles to the hotel and rushed into the lobby with a big crowd. I confirmed that my man was OK and was leaving when I literally bumped into the CNN new bureau chief. I had beaten her by about ten minutes.


12 posted on 06/12/2012 12:27:59 PM PDT by Ax
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To: ripley
All these leftists are seeking to change the world. Why don’t they go to Cuba and ask for asylum?

They rather stay and help try to screw the USA into the same shape as Cuba.

All those fawning Hollywood types could never cut it in Cuba. Artistic freedom does not exist there. The party controls the stage.

Ted Turner. HAH! He could never have existed on the Red island. Executed maybe.

13 posted on 06/12/2012 6:01:29 PM PDT by oyez ( Affordable Health-care is neither affordable nor health-care.)
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To: Ax

Wonder what went BANG! at the Hotel Nacional.


14 posted on 06/12/2012 6:03:58 PM PDT by oyez ( Affordable Health-care is neither affordable nor health-care.)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
So many millions of “brilliant”, “scientific”, “intelligent”

Yeah man, the university culture. They plan to be America's future. In fact, Barack Obama is the first installment of that glorious future..One we get that bothersome Constitution out of the way, these super-duper-university-mega brains will regulate the state. Well, for awhile anyway. Untill the man at the top decides that they have served their purpose. I bet they never see it comming untill it's too late.

15 posted on 06/12/2012 6:29:29 PM PDT by oyez ( Affordable Health-care is neither affordable nor health-care.)
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To: oyez

I don’t know if they ever determined. I retired shortly after that and got out of the loop. Earlier, there was an explosion at a hotel about a mile north of my house on First Avenue. I can’t remember the name of the hotel, but that time, there was an Italian tourist who was killed by flying glass.


16 posted on 06/12/2012 6:42:23 PM PDT by Ax
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To: oyez

“All those fawning Hollywood types could never cut it in Cuba.”

It would be nice to see any one of them have some integrity, knock on the door of a Cuban embassy somewhere and ask for asylum as refugee from the evil, mean, greedy United States.

Just saying.


17 posted on 06/13/2012 5:02:52 AM PDT by ripley
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