Saturday, August 12, 2006

"That Fidel Castro is Really Something!"

"Why, he's almost as smart, sensitive, and cultured as I am!"

Why are journalists so impressed by left-wing dictators who can hold up their end of a conversation? One thinks of Wells and Lenin, Edgar Snow and Mao, everyone at NPR and everyone in the Sandinistas...

But I was really surprised to read this gush from Mortimer B. Zuckerman, in U. S. News & World Report. Castro's made an art of flattering journos and glitterati with admission to His August Presence for decades. Surely Zuckerman is not ignorant of his very calculated charm.

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