Accuracy in Media

The New York Times continues to write about the alleged positive impact of communism to mark 100 years since the Russian Revolution under Vladimir Lenin. Among its latest hits, how communism led to better sex lives for women and how women benefited from China’s own communist revolution.

The paper’s latest puff piece on communism? The Bolivian village where communist guerrilla Che Guevara was captured and executed is allegedly scarred by the event.

In the article, the New York Times ignored the victims of Guevara’s guerrilla wars in Latin America, including those tortured by the Cuban regime under Fidel Castro and Guevara. Instead, the article focused on the emotional toll of knowing where Guevara was executed, which was in a local schoolhouse.  It also noted that the last villager to see him alive brought soup for him to eat and left, after which she heard gunshots ring out from the schoolhouse. Photos of the schoolhouse, along with the morgue where his body was displayed for the world to see, have since become tributes to the communist guerrilla.

The Times also made sure to try and paint Guevara as a “regular person” and not the brutal thug that he was.

Mr. García Linera, Bolivia’s vice president, was a child that day and remembers seeing Guevara’s image on the front page of Presencia, a Bolivian newspaper, on his grandfather’s bed. “I still can see that photo, his eyes looking up at the sky, all in black-and-white,” he said. “He looked at first just like a regular person, like a homeless man even.”

While playing up Guevara the article also glanced over how not a single Bolivian commoner joined his communist revolution in Bolivia, which former communist officials said Guevara did not follow his blueprint for communist revolutionary success to gain buy-in from the poor.

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