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Last night, I watched a news segment story about Elián González on CBS' "60 Minutes". It was all to show how this boy, now 11 years old, was faring since having been forcibly repatriated to Cuba in 2000. The troubling part about this segment for me are the principal partners in its production: The Castro regime of Cuba and the producers of "60 Minutes".
It strikes me as no surprise at all that CBS and "60 Minutes" would go to Cuba and allow Fidel Castro to portray Elián González as a willful and deliberate advocate of his. "60 Minutes" has been airing pro-Castro reports for years. I don't recall ever seeing a "60 Minutes" news segment that was overtly critical of Fidel Castro, or for that matter, any other communist dictator, past or present. I do recall a time when they did a rather biased story about Radio Marti, which suggested in a not-so-subtle manner that it was a total waste of American taxpayer money.
The Associated Press, another left-wing slant media organization, reported the following about this "60 Minutes" segment before it aired last week:
"CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco said "60 Minutes" interviewed Gonzalez for 70 minutes three weeks ago at a museum in Cardenas, Cuba, the boy's hometown. He said the boy's father was present, but there were no Cuban monitors or officials and no ground rules."
Yeah right!!! As most of us already know by now...."60 Minutes" was exposed just last year for trying to use FORGED documents to do a hit piece on George W. Bush so that John Kerry would get elected! So how can we believe the part about "no Cuban monitors or officials and no ground rules"?
CBS' own press release had the following about the Elian interview on "60 Minutes":
"Elián’s arrival in Cuba seemed to have been designed for a conquering hero, albeit one who was missing his two front teeth. Little Elián embarked on a two-month tour of Cuba, all recorded by Castro’s personal cameraman Roberto Chile, who helped us on our story too."
How can CBS spokesman Kevin Tedesco say that "there were no Cuban monitors or officials," when they were being helped by Castro's personal cameraman, one who is also a well known militant of Cuba's communist party?
In the same Associated Press story as quoted above, there is a little bit of space devoted to how Elian's family in Florida feels, but of course, due to the left-wing bias of the AP, it is rather limited and at very the end of the report:
"The boy's aunt, Angela González, told The Associated Press on Thursday that she isn't sure whether Elián truly believes what he said in the interview. She said family members in the United States have been prevented from having any contact with the boy.
"We love him. He is always on our minds," said Angela González, who had U.S. custody of Elián."
For all I know, the aunt's quote about her being unsure "whether Elián truly believes what he said" was likely the mildest-sounding one. I can only wonder if other family members had used terms such as "brain-washing", "indoctrination", or "re-education camp" when the Associated Press asked them for their comments. In the "60 Minutes" segment, a spokesman for a Cuban exile group did in fact use to the term "brain-washing" when he was asked to comment upon the way Elián González has been handled in the five years since he's been back in Cuba.
Speaking of "re-education", I also find it interesting as to why this "60 Minutes" interview had to be done at a "museum". (What kind of museum was it anyway - one that is devoted to Castro, which Cubans are forced to visit, perhaps?) Why not conduct this "interview" at the house where the boy lives? Or was Castro afraid that Americans would see how it is just as dingy and squalid as other Cuban houses are?
Why wasn't this "interview" done at the special "school" where Elián González has been receiving his pro-Castro indoctrination/re-education/brain-washing over the last five years?
Why has it been so necessary to prevent the family members in the United States from having any contact with Elián González over the past five years? Was Castro afraid that they were going to encourage him to build another raft and start his way back on up to Florida again?