Universal health care?

Byline: | Category: Media | Posted at: Wednesday, 20 February 2008

I was trying to catch the last couple seconds of sleep at about 5:30 this morning when I was awakened with a start.  Cookie was in the bathroom where she had the news on and I heard the broadcaster say:

“Castro did bring universal health care and free education to Cuba.”

“What?” I screamed while jumping out of bed.  Who other than Michael Moore would mention that?  Heck, Castro himself left Cuban hospitals for treatment in Spain because “universal health care” in his dictatorship means that everyone is entitled to the same “take two aspirin and call me in the morning” regimen whether your ailment is the common cold or cancer.  Hey, but it’s free!

“Typical liberal journalist,” I thought to myself.  “Or perhaps she was just ’naive’ in wanting to show the good and the bad to every story, when with Fidel Castro the two sides are bad and worse.”

I thought no more of it until I was browsing Memeorandum and saw that a CNN honcho is telling its reporters to play nice with Castro.  Someone had distributed the “rules” for discussing the tinpot dictator. In fact, the reporter I heard used almost verbatim the language from the second bullet point in the Castro talking point memo:

Please note Fidel did bring social reforms to Cuba – namely free education and universal health care, and racial integration. in addition to being criticized for oppressing human rights and freedom of speech.

I don’t know who the reporter was, or even what organization she was from.  The story was being broadcast on Nashville’s News Channel 5 but almost certainly wasn’t a locally-produced story.  Whoever she was though, she is apparently on CNN’s distribution list.

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One Response to “Universal health care?”

  1. A.C. McCloud Says:

    Yes and Mussolini made the trains run on time.
    Once again CNN trying not to hurt their international brand.