The Selling of Fidel Castro
Media and the Cuban Revolution
Even today, the press continues to treat Fidel Castro as something of a mystery. This is due, in part, to the widely accepted myth that left-wing dictatorships are superior to right-wing, a myth clearly refuted by the historical evidence: no left-wing dictatorship has ever evolved toward democracy, while some right-wing dictatorships have done so. The myth, however, nourished by propaganda, persists; and the perceptions of journalists are correspondingly distorted. Instead of seeing in Castro a man primarily intent on personal power, the press listens to, debates and propagates statements about Cuba.
Table of Contents
Preface, 1: The New York Times and the Cuban Revolution, 2: The World According to Granma, 3: The Press in Cuba, 1952-1960: Autocratic and Totalitarian Censorship, 4: Covering Cuba, 5: Fidel Castro and the United States Press, 6: Castro's Fickle Friends: The Verdict of the European Press on the Cuban Revolution, About the Contributors
William Ratliff is senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and the author of Castroism and Communism in Latin America and many other books and articles on Latin America.