An e-mail from a CNN producer instructs anchors on talking points about Fidel Castro. The e-mail includes these tidbits:
* Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.
. . . .
* While despised by some, he is seen as a revolutionary hero, especially with leftist in Latin America, for standing up to the United States.
The e-mail concedes that “the bulk of Cuba’s economic problems are due to Cuba’s failed economic polices” and not America’s embargo. Still, as a smoking-gun style piece of evidence of leftist media bias, it’s pretty good. He brought social reforms — but was only “criticized” for oppression and stifling free speech?
Now that’s calling a spade a digging tool!
The e-mail was written by Allison Flexner, who was a producer in CNN’s Havana Bureau in 2000, and whose current position appears to be unknown. Head Defender of Dictators, I think. Something like that.