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The so-called newspaper of record claims that Libertad is equivalent to anti-government sloganeering by protesters in Cuba.
Perhaps once again revealing its persistent progressive agenda, The New York Times is getting blasted for spinning the word freedom as an anti-government rallying cry.
In the first paragraph of its coverage of the unprecedent and spontaneous street protests in communist Cuba which caused the #SOSCuba hashtag to trend, the news outlet that much of the corporate media takes it cues from offered this insight:
“Shouting ‘Freedom’ and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years.”
The Times may also be drastically underestimating the number of protesters in Cuba which other reports suggest number in the thousands in more than 30 cities in the country formerly ruled with an iron hand by the late Fidel Castro.
Plus, it’s difficult to express discontent in a country where you can be thrown in jail or worse for merely exercising freedom of speech.
Shouting “Freedom” and other anti-government slogans, hundreds of Cubans took to the streets in cities around the country on Sunday to protest food and medicine shortages, in a remarkable eruption of discontent not seen in nearly 30 years. https://t.co/BbqQPLrNiE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 11, 2021
According to the Times, moreover, “the protests were set off by a dire economic crisis in Cuba, where the coronavirus pandemic has cut off crucial tourism dollars” and that “The Cuban government attributes its longstanding economic problems to the American trade embargo, which cuts off its access to financing and imports.”
There is little or no mention in this particular Times article of the massive and longstanding failings of the Marxist regime, although it does admit that Cuba is “a country known for repressive crackdowns on dissent.”
The New York Times spin is perhaps not all that surprising in that it is a newspaper that recently deemed the American flag a symbol of disunity and deep division, and that it is former President Trump’s fault. Yet, Libertad protesters in Cuba are seen on video holding Old Glory.
Recall that demonstrators in Hong Kong also carried the American flag before the CCP stifled the pro-democracy movement there.
Cubans protesting their socialist government can be seen holding an American flag.
While America’s own elite athletes want to burn and disrespect the American flag, oppressed people in other nations wave it as a symbol of freedom.
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 12, 2021
Social media users are calling out the Times (and Twitter itself) for its seemingly ideological blindness, including a reference to the Times Moscow bureau chief Walter Duranty in the 1920s and 30s, a Stalin apologist. Here is a sampling:
So, wait. Cubans are marching in protest to their own government’s terrible healthcare and waving American flags, but the New York Times says it’s America’s fault bc we don’t trade with them?
Maybe their trading partners in Venezuela can help?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 12, 2021
Separately, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubo (R-Fla.) called out a Biden State Department official for also attributing the protests to COVID and apparently ignoring the failings of Cuba’s socialist dictatorship that has caused widespread suffering.
This is a ridiculous tweet from @StateDept
People in #Cuba are protesting 62 years of socialism, lies,tyranny & misery not “expressing concern about rising COVID cases/deaths”
Why is it so hard for @potus & the people in his administration to say that? #SOSCuba #PatriaYVida https://t.co/vLt8SCUXeK pic.twitter.com/gP0KapjvnQ
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 12, 2021