Skip to comments.Jeffrey Goldberg Shudders That Trump’s Actions 'Create a Sense of Horror'—But He Praised Fidel Castro as 'The Great Man'
Posted on 09/12/2020 4:55:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
Horror is the right word among people in the national security complex there is a sense of horror about the way he (President Trump) acts, behaves and talks. So I fully expect much more reporting to come out on this. (Jeffrey Goldberg, CNN, September 6.)
I was also anxious to meet the great man a close reading of the human rights literature suggests to me that the leadership of Cuba is not morally comparable to the leadership of Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea, Eritrea, Venezuela .I judge his (Fidel Castros) revolution against what it replaced, namely, the thugocracy of Batista, who was a friend only to a handful of oligarchs and American mafia leaders, (Jeffrey Goldberg, after a red-carpet visit to interview Fidel Castro in Cuba, September 10, 2010.)
After bestowing him with lengthy and exclusive interviews, Fidel Castrowho jailed, tortured and/or exiled every genuine journalist in Cuba in the process of outlawing a free pressseemed elated when he read the resulting articles penned by Jeffrey Goldberg. Needless to add, Goldberg had been thoroughly vetted by Castros KGB-trained intelligence before being allowed to set foot in his totalitarian fiefdom.
But even with all this advance work, Castro seemed surprised and delighted by how ideally Goldbergs publishings matched his own Stalinist, terror-sponsoring regimes propaganda agenda. In fact, Jeffrey Goldberg and Fidel Castro formed a veritable mutual-adoration society, with Castro often publishing love songs to Goldberg in his own captive (literally!) media, where he described Goldberg as an expert and as an important and indefatigable journalist.
Heaven knows it wasnt often that Fidel Castro yielded (publicly, at least) to the expertise and indefatigability of others. But he made an exception for a few of his most shameless apple-polishers. One of these was The Atlantic editor Jeffrey Goldberg, whose own apples Fidel Castro gratefully polished in return, with laudatory articles in his captive (literally!) media.
Often to simplify matters, totalitarian Cubas KGB-mentored media simply reprinted Goldbergs The Atlantic articles word for wordthats how perfectly Goldbergs articles met the propaganda needs of the terror-sponsoring regime whose lifelong obsession was the destruction of Goldbergs homeland.
Again, heres Goldbergs rationalizations for his Cuba visit: a close reading of the human rights literature suggests the leadership of Cuba is not morally comparable to the leadership of Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, Syria, Libya, North Korea, Eritrea, Venezuela.
Perhaps a closer reading might help. In his book Against All Hope, Armando Valladares, who suffered 22 years in Castros dungeons, forced-labor camps, and torture chambers, then was appointed by President Reagan as U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, reveals how at one point in 1961, Castros Gulag held 350,000 political prisoners. Freedom House estimates that half a million Cubans have passed through Castros Gulag. Thats out of a Cuban population at the time of 6.4 million.
In her book Gulag, Anne Applebaum estimates that at any one time, about 2 million people were incarcerated in Stalins Gulag. That was out of a Soviet population of about 220 million.
Now punch your calculator see, Mr. Goldberg? Turns out that calling Castro a Stalinist almost lowballs his repression. Castro and Che Guevara jailed and tortured Cubans at a rate similar to (Che Guevaras idol) Stalins jailings and torture of his subjects.
"The Black Book of Communism, written by French scholars and published in English by Harvard University Press (neither an outpost of the vast right-wing conspiracy, much less of Cuban-exiles-with-an-ax-to-grind) estimates that Castros regime murdered around 17,000 Cubans by firing squad mostly during the '60s. Again, Cuba was a nation of 6.5 million in those years. Given the U.S. population, a proportionate bloodbath would reach almost 1 million firing squad murders.
Many opponents of the Cuban regime qualify as the longest-suffering political prisoners in modern history, having suffered prison camps, forced labor and torture chambers for a period three times as long in The Great Mans Gulag as Alexander Solzhenitsyn suffered in Stalins Gulag.
I judge his (Fidel Castros) revolution against what it replaced, sniffed Goldberg in his rationalization, namely, the thugocracy of Batista, who was a friend only to a handful of oligarchs and American mafia leaders.
Granted, The Godfather II is a superb film. But better educational sources on pre-Castro Cuba do exist. In fact Goldbergs friend of oligarchs was a mulatto grandson of slaves born on the dirt floor of a palm roofed shack in the Cuban countryside. Cubas oligarchy in fact denied Fulgencio Batista admittance into their Havana Yacht Club and largely bankrolled his violent overthrow. From Cubas richest man, sugar magnate Julio Lobo, to Pepin Bosch of the Bacardi dynasty, and hundreds of oligarchs in-between, Castros July 26 movement was funded by the very people the learned Mr. Goldberg claims were Batistas friends.
Many of the poorest Cubans under Batista, which is to say, most Cubans, appreciated (Castros health-care and educational) innovations, Goldberg further rationalized in one of his articles.
In fact, Cubas per-capita income in 1958 was higher than half of Europes. One feature of the Cuban social structure is a large middle class, begins a UNESCO study of Cuba from 1957. Cuban workers are more unionized (proportional to the population) than U.S. workers. The average wage for an eight-hour day in Cuba in 1957 was higher than for workers in Belgium, Denmark, France, and Germany. According to the Geneva-based International Labor Organization, the average daily wage for a unionized Cuban agricultural worker in 1957 was also among the highest in the world.
Most tellingly, in the '40s and '50s when Cubans could get U.S. visas for the asking and Cubans were perfectly free to emigrate with all their property and family, fewer Cubans lived in the U.S. than did Americans in Cuba, and Cuba was inundated with immigrants from Europe.
Two of the Castro-media reprints of Goldberg articles feature Goldberg assuring The Atlantic readers that Castros Cuba is antiseptically free of terror-sponsorship, and should be removed from the State Departments terror-sponsor list posthaste. Another assures The Atlantic readers that Castros Cuba had absolutely nothing to do with JFKs assassination.
And how did Jeffrey Goldberg, this hard-nosed and indefatigable investigative journalist, learn that Castros Cuba was antiseptically free of any connection with the crimes above? Goldbergs blockbuster revelations of Castroite innocence, after all, were published in The Atlantic, which boasts on its very website that they:
Look for TRUTH rather than for a story. We know great storytelling is part of great journalism. But HONEST reporting and analysis, and the INTEGRITY they represent, are what matter most to us, even if their pursuit requires giving up on an alluring narrative.
So again, how did Jeffrey Goldberg unearth the purity of Fidel Castros heart and his utter innocence in terrorism and assassination?
Well, Fidel Castro told him so (cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die!) And, apparently, that settled that!
If some of the above sounds outrageous even by the standards of the Fake News Media, I invite you to check the thorough documentation graciously provided in these links.
Hey Goldberg, I dont see anyone here taking a door off their house and floating over to Europe.
Thank you once again, Humberto Fontova
Did Jennifer Griffen rush to back up his praise for Castro? Btw, Bret Baer where is Jennifer now that the story has been debunked???
Haven’t been watching since last Sunday. Has she been on at all?
These subversive leftists are retarded children.
Commies gotta commie.
Worshipers of evil unite.
This is what happens to abortion loving, God hating leftist.
Romans 1 to the tee.
He Praised Fidel Castro as ‘The Great Man’
But he never lived there wonder why.
He’s obviously Communist, like Castro was, so it shouldn’t surprise you.
I have no idea, as I haven’t much Fox News lately. Don’t worry I don’t watch any of the driveby news.
Jeffrey Goldberg sucks - one more white liberal elite gullible fool...
Point being he loved Castro but he wouldn’t want to live under his ruling.
Par for the crazy liberals they are all clueless idiots they just follow the herd.
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