Fidel Castro Dies -- Bill Still
Good evening, I’m still reporting on
Fidel Castro Dies
Good morning, I’m still reporting on Fidel Castro.
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro died last night at 10:29 pm.
I can remember reading stories in the Los Angeles Examiner about the Castro revolution overthrowing the Batista military dictatorship on New Year’s Day of 1959.
I asked my parents whether or not this was a good thing because there was great confusion over who was on what side. Batista was a military dictator, but would Castro turn out to be merely the new boss – same as the old boss? Or would Castro do as he promised at that point – bring a more democratic governance to Cuba which had essentially been ruled by the American Mafia for many years.
No one knew.
This morning, ABC was the first to put up an in-depth look at Castro’s rise to power.
We appreciate ABC allowing us to run this extensive segment from their report. Although I am no Cuban expert, this seems very even-handed and goes into amazing depth for a video report put up less than 6 hours after Castro’s death.
Obviously, this is a benevolent use of the tremendous power of one of the original big 3 television networks and is to be applauded as providing a lot of historical bang for the time the average viewer has to expend watching it.
The only flaw I saw was towards the end of the piece, one of the ABC reporters who had traveled to Cuba frequently mentions that Castro was a nationalist. A true nationalist would be someone who tried to deconsolidate power for the benefit of all citizens.
Castro fell more into the Adolph Hitler of a nationalist leader. It’s hard to see Castro in any light other than a murderous thug who did reform Cuba in some ways, but always for his own benefit, namely keeping himself in power.
Castro’s death comes at a very important turning point in U.S. history. Will Donald Trump actually govern as genuine nationalist as he said he would during his campaign?
If he appoints Mitt Romney as his Secretary of State, that may be a bridge too far and a key indicator of future intentions.
I’m still reporting from Washington. Good day.
Bill Still is a former newspaper editor and publisher. He has written for USA Today, The Saturday Evening Post, the Los Angeles Times Syndicate, OMNI magazine, and has also produced the syndicated radio program, Health News. He has written 22 books and two documentary videos and is the host of his wildly popular daily YouTube Channel the “Still Report”, the quintessential report on the economy and Washington.
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