While the New York Times and other propaganda outlets are attacking citizen journalists as “fake news” and other outlets are labeling us as “Russian propaganda tools,” the history of the New York Times speaks for itself as it was obviously using propaganda to propel the late Fidel Castro to power.
While Castro defied the united States and instituted a Communist regime which isolated his people in large part from the West, it appears that he had allies in the West who looked to prop him up. One of those outlets was The New York Times.
The Miami Herald reports:
On Dec. 2, 1956, Castro, Guevara and 80 followers reached the shore of Cuba’s Oriente province in a battered American cabin cruiser, the Granma, wretchedly seasick after a seven-day voyage. The men leaped into hip-deep mud and struggled through a mangrove swamp to reach land. Most were killed or captured in the first hours.
Only 16 made it safely to the 4,500-foot ridges of the Sierra Maestra. There they began a guerrilla campaign to oust Batista, who was backed by a 40,000-strong security force equipped with tanks, artillery and U.S.-supplied warplanes.
Castro’s force, however, slowly began to grow. He recruited peasants as guerrilla fighters and organized intellectuals and middle-class followers into an urban underground railroad of funds and supplies.
His recruiting was aided immeasurably by his skills at propaganda and psychological warfare. Castro’s greatest ploy was luring a New York Times correspondent named Herbert Matthews to his mountain camp. Though the rebels had barely 20 bedraggled men, Castro marched the same group past Matthews several times and also staged the arrival of “messengers” reporting the movement of other (nonexistent) units.
Matthews, convinced Castro controlled a huge army, wrote: “From the look of things, General Batista cannot possibly hope to suppress the Castro revolt.” A wave of favorable coverage followed in the foreign press, and with it, international support.
The rest is history. Though he has been touted by the likes of Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah as a “freedom fighter,” the reality is that after he came to power, all the talk of liberation and freedom came to a stop. He tore off the mask he wore and proudly proclaimed he was a Marxist-Leninist all along, which was no surprise for those who paid attention.
So, when the dying dinosaurs of “news” call those of us attempting to try and report the actual news “fake,” just remember who has a history of reporting fake news and the consequences it brought.