Accuracy in Media

Time magazine is out with a colorful and glossy “Inside the New Cuba” special edition, featuring smiling Cuban kids wearing Communist garb on the cover. Page 64 has a photo showing “Cuban fans” holding up “their national flag” at a baseball game. It turns out that the really happy Cubans are those who have been defecting from the island “paradise,” as Time magazine calls the prison camp country.

Credit goes to Christine Rousselle of for covering these defections. They seem to be developing into a regular feature, with Rousselle providing regular updates about additional defections.

So far, eight players from the Cuban men’s field hockey team, four rowers from the Cuban national team, and two members of the Cuban soccer team have defected.

The defections completely undercut the chapter of the special Time magazine issue on Cuba that is titled, “The Big League Next Door,” which speculates that normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba could “stop Cuba’s top talent from fleeing…” This chapter is written by Robert Siegel, senior host of National Public Radio, and Eyder Peralta, an NPR reporter.

Washington Nationals infielder Yunel Escobar defected from Cuba when he was 21. The Washington Post covered his story in a May 7 article, noting:

Escobar’s love of baseball was fueled by television broadcasts and video games, both forbidden in Cuba. He paid to watch MLB games and favorite players such as Alex Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar, Omar Vizquel and fellow Cuban Livan Hernandez on a TV with a hush-hush antenna at a friend’s house. He also grew to love Ken Griffey Jr. because of a video game he played often in secret. A friend had smuggled in a console and charged the equivalent of 50 cents per hour to play.

The entire story is worth reading and there are many touching moments, such as the story of when Escobar spent two days at an immigration detention center in Miami “and kissed the ground when he was released.”

These are the immigrants we should welcome, since they have developed an appreciation of the struggle between freedom and totalitarianism. They want to enjoy and celebrate American freedom, not distort and transform the country into a Third World welfare state of cheap labor for corporations and paid-for votes for the Democratic Party.

In the Time magazine version of Cuba, we are told in the section, “Scenes from the Revolution,” that Fidel Castro “promised to clean up the government, restore democracy and civil liberties, and promote social justice.” Nothing is said about whether he fulfilled those promises.

By contrast, we are told that his predecessor, Fulgencio Batista, was a “ruthless dictator” who ran a system characterized by “economic and social inequality and a corrupt government.” The implication is that Castro changed all of that for the better.

A caption on a page of pictures of Cuban cowboys on the communist island informs us that “Before Castro nationalized all farms, almost three quarters of Cuba’s arable lands was owned by fewer than 3,000 individuals and corporations, many of them American, while most farmworkers were renters.” One of the Cuban cowboys proclaims, “It is no longer of Communism or no Communism. It belongs to us.”

You mean communism works after all? That seems to be the message of this special Time magazine Cuba edition.

It’s completely absurd but this is what passes for serious journalism. It reminds me of the old Ronald Reagan joke, reportedly told to Mikhail Gorbachev, about two men walking down a street in Moscow, when one asks, “Is this pure communism? Have we passed through the stage of socialism and reached pure communism? The other replies, “Hell, no. It’s gonna get a lot worse.”

Ben Lewis wrote an article, “Hammer & tickle,” noting that “Communism is the only political system to have created its own international brand of comedy.”

These days, Oleg Atbashian makes fun of the Marxists and their apologists on a regular basis, on his “People’s Cube” website. One of his latest offerings is the new poster featuring the “Rebel without a gender.” The People’s Cube proclaims, “Che is dead, long live Conchita: a new rebel icon.”

His tribute to the Museum of Communism in Prague is a lot of laughs, as he displays some of the posters from the old communist days, such as the one announcing that communist women would have burnt their bras like their sisters in the West, “if there were any in the shops.”

Another communist poster said: “Sometimes there was no toilet paper in the shops. Luckily there was not much food, either.”

Meanwhile, believe it or not, the comedian Jack Black is being featured in a video campaign from the group Global Zero to sell the Iranian nuclear deal. He previously starred in such films as “Shallow Hal,” “School of Rock,” “Nacho Libre,” and the Kung Fu Panda films.

A comedian as the face of the Iranian nuclear deal? This is where the laughing begins to die down.

The Iranians and their Russian sponsors are the ones laughing at us now.

So are the Cuban Communists.

They may lose some people through defections, but they get an embassy on American soil where they can base their spies and recruit agents inside the U.S. government.

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  • Jeff Putterman

    I’m an American, and I’m laughing my ass off at this moron author and his warped and misguided understanding of our world and it’s various constituencies. What a fool this idiot is.

  • John Cunningham

    Well guess what? Liberalism which has been trying since the 1880’s when a few so called intellectuals wanted to take God out of Politics. It has been a slow plodding step by step approach sort of like the frog in the cooking pot. Cook the frog slowly and he wont jump out of the pot. Well, we Americans are the frog and Barack Obama the final reality who has successfully been the last nail in America’s coffin.

    I really don’t think the rest of the World is laughing at least, not the ones who realize what it all means. As goes America so goes the World. Russia and China will be happy. They want to enslave the World and without America, will get it done. Barack Obama should be very proud of himself unless he is just, really stupid. He has two Daughters and supposedly he is a great Father.

    The World he is leaving them is one of certain war and endless terror. They will not be immune. Also America won’t go quietly. There will be war and most likely all out nuclear war. Of course Barack Obama may have an executive order having our nuclear arsenal destroyed but, don’t think the Military would allow that. At least I certainly hope not.

  • Colorado Conservative

    Apparently poster Putterman has nothing substantive to add other than to call the author names.

  • RMThoughts

    I don’t know if Kincaid realizes it but we ain’t in Reagan’s America anymore. With the Trotskyite neocon globalist running our foreign policy and Obama’s fundamental cultural Marxist transformation of America sweeping everything before it away — we are probably ideologically to the left of the ossified Castro’s Cuba.

    Indeed they are laughing at articles like this one that hallucinates that America is still the moral leader and conservative bastion of the world.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    One of the first observations that the Cubans had of America was that their was no law. If you had some level of social standing you could do anything to the poor people you wanted with out any accountability ! They would say , Castro would never allow that and that he would have them arrested for having such atrocities behavior ! Awwwwwwwww – Freedom = Democracy ! lol !

  • Ted

    How does any self-respecting Republican rail against normalizing relations with “communist Cuba” … while having wet dreams about being in bed with “communist China” for the fatcats’ economic reasons?

    It’s a simple-minded double-standard based entirely on the Big Buck$ that American Big Busine$$ is making from being in bed with China.

    Whorism. Doing anything for the money.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The haven’t won until they’ve got the guns.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    I am Republican and I have never supported normalized relations with any communist country. The true irony is that without the support of capitalism, communist nations cannot survive.

    That is an unfair attack on Cliff Kincaid:

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Communism is based on lawlessness, not law.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    You mean the military that celebrated “pride” month in June?

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    I’m laughing that you call yourself an American.

  • AndRebecca

    What exactly is his warped and misguided understanding? Care to explain?

  • AndRebecca

    What are you talking about?

  • Peter

    Like you said. You just lost your arse.

  • Peter

    He might have nothing to add, but he just lost his arse.

  • Peter

    Yep! That bunch of poofs flagrantly flaunting themselves in defence of America. Fearless sugar daddies all of them. All the enemy will have to do is bare their arses and its over.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    So if America inserted a Black Operational Government into our government that was coordinated to impose psychological and electronic warfare to play mind games on our citizens to dictate the social order back in the early 70’s as according to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein , how isn’t that the same communist system every other communist country is running ? Because the government lets McDonalds set on the master control panel for two hours a day picking out who they don’t like ? Let’s see how that might work ! The government beguiles the women and children of America with their political programs and then runs around the country invoking a Buddy System and encouraging corporations to attack the very same people as a public diversion on the very same bases of their political coups de main ! Or maybe it’s not really communism after all ! Maybe it’s just a program of FELONY EXTORTION , a crime which carries very harsh prison sentences !

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Actually it’s a system in which all economic and social activity is controlled by a totalitarian state – If it was based on just lawlessness , America would surpass Communist Red China as the big Pooh Bah !

  • John Cunningham

    Only thing going to change that is the vote. The rest is up to we the people. If we last that long.

  • BillWestern

    How far the mighty have fallen. Nixon normalized relations with China (population 1.3 billion) decades ago and they now own our economy. We are actively engaged with Vietnam (population 90 million), a country where we wasted 50.000 American lives just a few decades ago. And we still beat up on Cuba, a country with a population the size of metro Chicago? What a pathetic weakling we have become.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    The vote no longer works in this country.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Dialectical materialism is based on a merger of materialism and the hegelian-dialectic – which is a continual state of pitting principle against anti-thesis, creating the synthesis or the over throw of the principle.

  • John Cunningham

    That’s true as, the last two presidential election show.

  • It is not often that a person can come up with the words to describe themselves..You have a way with words/ha. that are that of a fool and an idiot.