New York Times takes amplifying Castroite propaganda to whole new level

New York Times takes amplifying Castroite propaganda to whole new level
Castro's prison on the Isle of Pines ("Isle of Youth" is Castro's revolutionary name for it). (Image: Screen grab of Becket Fund video, YouTube)

[Ed. – NYT uncritically repeats the narrative that Castro “closed a prison,” when in fact he created something far worse than anything that existed under Batista.  Fontova is right; there are hardly words for how grotesquely appalling this is.  The Against all Hope memoir by Valladares is soul-searing reading, incidentally, if it hasn’t come your way.]

This week’s story from Cuba by The New York Times cranked up their historic transcription and parroting of Castroite lies to an entirely new and – for those actually conversant with Cuban history—disgusting level. … Here’s part of it (emphasis mine):

“A Cuban island that has played both paradise and prison; The Isle of youth which has been both a Utopian Communist getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a while—is a world apart …Within an hour of landing on La Isla de la Juventud, the Isle of Youth, (Cuba’s isle of Pines) I was clamoring through an underground tunnel in the Presidio Modelo, or Model Prison, Cuba’s most dreaded pre-revolutionary prison….The Presidio was closed a few years after Castro’s victory in 1959, and is now maintained as a shrine to the revolution’s early struggle… It’s a tribute to the resilience of the young rebels who — whatever their later faults once they took power — took on the brutal Batista dictatorship at great personal risk.”

In fact, amigos: On that very Isle of Pines the Castro regime created the biggest prison/torture and forced labor complex for political prisoners in the history of the Western Hemisphere!

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