Havana gives front-page coverage to Bernie Sanders for praising Fidel Castro

Nora Gamez Torres, El Nuevo Herald on

Published in Political News

While presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has created a storm of criticism in the U.S. after his recent comments on Fidel Castro, there is a place where the Vermont senator has become front-page news, and in a positive light.

That place is Havana, where the newspaper of the Communist Party prominently displayed a report about Sanders and his praise of "some of the social programs implemented by the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro."

"US Senator Bernie Sanders, today one of the strongest candidates for the nomination of the Democratic Party to the November presidential elections, recognized Cuba's role in sending doctors worldwide," Granma said.

The newspaper said Sanders seemed "unstoppable" in his move toward the nomination.

Granma and several state media outlets also reported the comments made by Sanders in an interview with Anderson Cooper for "60 Minutes" on Sunday, in which the senator said it was "unfair" to say that "everything is bad" in Cuba, and praised the literacy campaign implemented by Castro shortly after he rose to power in 1959.

Castro died in late 2016. His brother Raul currently leads the Communist Party.


But in another example of how the Communist Party censors state media, all outlets left out the senator's reference to "the authoritarian nature of Cuba."

Granma, which has published several reports bashing President Donald Trump, highlighted that Sanders, who calls himself a democratic socialist, supported the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba under Barack Obama and has called for the elimination of the embargo.

The report also mentions that Sanders had recognized the role of Cuba in sending "doctors all over the world," another Castro initiative, but incorrectly attributed these comments, made during a debate in the 2016 elections, to the interview with Cooper.

"As expected," Granma wrote, "his comments sparked the anger of the most extremist sector of Cuban-Americans in South Florida, who oppose any rapprochement with the Caribbean island."


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