December 12, 2006

The Right-Wing Spin on Pinochet

It's that the big story is that the media is being MUCH tougher on Pinochet than they will be on Castro when he finally dies. Never mind that this idea is based entirely on conjecture (as Castro hasn't actually died yet), and that it presupposes that hypothetical disparities in the media reaction to the death of two different tyrants is somehow a bigger story than the murders and cleptocracy of those tyrants themselves.

Pinochet was evil, and so is Castro. Period. And I think the people that Pinochet murdered were much more worthy of our thoughts and attention than whatever the media has to say about his death. When Castro dies, and the right goes apeshit because one or two liberal journalists say nice things about him, I'll be sure to repeat the same thing.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 12, 2006 12:43 PM

I think the distinction lies in the fact that Pinochet died pretty much universally (and rightfully) reviled, whereas Castro still has mobs of people worldwide who genuinely believe he's some kind of great hero.

Posted by: Dave J at December 13, 2006 10:29 PM
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