Fidel, ‘Fiery Apostle’! The NY Times, WashPost Soft-Soap Another Dead Communist Dictator
The New York Times and The Washington Post demonstrated again Sunday their warm feelings about communist dictators when they die.
The Times headline was “A Revolutionary Who Defied the U.S. and Held Cuba In His Thrall.” The Postheadline was slightly more balanced: “Revolutionary remade Cuba: Dictator who defied U.S. was loathed, beloved.”
For the Times, Anthony DePalma found a “fiery apostle of revolution,” not a dictator:
Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died on Friday. He was 90.
While DePalma noted Castroites found a “savior” and Castro saw himself as a “messiah,” the word “tyrant” popped up in paragraph seven, after the story moved inside to page 12. – READ MORE