"...Castro with evasive pieces on his passing. Even Amanpour got into the act, interviewing international figures about the “unclear” legacy of Castro. She can find nuance in Castro but not in Trump.
Journalists who wouldn’t have survived a day in Castro’s Cuba treat Trump as an enemy of press freedom (for such grave offenses as not informing his press pool that he was going out to dinner). They gasp at Trump’s health care plans, while praising Castro’s hospitals. They freak out over Trump’s “Muslim ban,” while minimizing Castro’s suppression of religious freedom. They couldn’t have voted in Castro’s Cuba but demand a recount in America (Jill Stein called Castro a “symbol of the struggle for justice”).
After Trump won, the New Yorker’s David Remnick nearly fainted from fear. It was a “sickening event,” a “tragedy for the American republic,” and a victory for “authoritarianism” at home and abroad, he wrote. But Castro never elicited such breathless denunciations from his magazine. Castro was merely a “controversial” figure. His totalitarianism generated less outrage from it than Trump’s tweets.
Now the media, never too worried about the jingoism of Castro, is harrumphing over Trump’s flag-burning comments. It can forgive nationalism in foreign leaders but not its own.
Meanwhile, the press continues to push the storyline that Trump’s coming administration is causing the great and good of the world to tremble, a claim to which the American people rightly shrug, especially since many of these international luminaries appalled by Trump’s inauguration will soon turn up at Castro’s funeral."
Know thy enemy. From the comments and quote of the day:
"From the New York Times, April 30, 1945:
Berlin (NYT)- The controversial reign of the German Leader came to an end today, as reports are received that Adolf Hitler took his own life. His term in office was marked with significant transformation for the German people, though critics suggest that his treatment of certain minorities would mar his legacy. The depressed chief executive will be remembered for his fierce commitment to the German people and their bloodlines, and his life was also marked by his affection for dogs, particularly his own Shepherd Blondi, who preceded him in death. Advocates for vegetarianism and non-smokers will also continue to point to the charismatic politician for the example that he set for those who choose these lifestyles."
This, of course, is of no surprise for literate minds. The left (including celebrities) were enamoured with both Mussolini and Hitler.
Not sure why they're so given to demagogues; so vulnerable to emotional and statistically manipulation.