How Obama’s ‘innocent’ handshake with Cuba’s executioner becomes propaganda

Some people just can’t understand what all the fuss is about over Obama’s handshake with Cuba’s dictator Raul Castro. Many see it as an innocent and unplanned occurrence borne of diplomatic protocol and simple manners and that may very well be the case. What they fail to see, however, is how this “innocent” handshake can quickly become unfettered propaganda for Cuba’s vile and murderous dictatorship and its quest to have the U.S. lift sanctions against their criminal enterprises.

A perfect example of this comes from Barbara Walters, who upon seeing the handshake immediately launched into an uninformed and completely fallacious argument of how the U.S. should unilaterally concede to the lawless Castro dictatorship and lift sanctions.

Via Newsbusters:

Barbara Walters Uses Mandela’s Funeral to Lobby for Ending America’s ‘Ridiculous’ Policy Towards Cuba

View journalist Barbara Walters on Tuesday used Nelson Mandela’s funeral as a way to push for normalization of relations with Cuba. Absolutely struck by the fact that Barack Obama shook hands with President Raul Castro, Walters lectured, “The significance is that maybe this may change our relations with Cuba after 50 years, because it seems a little ridiculous to me that we recognize China and our relationship but we still do not have a relationship with Cuba.” [See video below.]

She enthused that the footage of Obama and Castro was “old enemies…shaking hands.”  The host hyped, “It’s historic.”  Walters has a history of touting communist leaders.

In 2002, she traveled to Cuba and fawned, “For Castro, freedom starts with education. And if literacy alone were the yardstick, Cuba would rank as one of the freest nations on Earth. The literacy rate is 96 percent.”

In 2007, she thrilled over the “warm,” “dignified,” “friendly” Hugo Chavez.

A transcript of the December 10 segment is below:



BARBARA WALTERS [On Mandela]: Everything about him was interesting. But to see some old enemies, maybe, shaking hands. Like it’s been 50 years since we had relations with Cuba and there was President Obama shaking hands with Raul Castro and that’s —

SHERRI SHEPHERD: It just shows you his impact.

WALTERS: That’s historic.

JENNY MCCARTHY: Even after his death, he’s bringing people together.

WALTERS:  Let me just finish this while I’m on it. The significance is that maybe this may change our relations with Cuba after 50 years because it seems a little ridiculous to me that we recognize China and our relationship but we still do not have a relationship with Cuba. So maybe something — something — if Mandela could forgive maybe we could —

WHOOPI GOLDBERG: I think so. Yeah, yeah. All right. This is the most — this is the first time this many heads of state have been in one place.

See the video HERE.



5 thoughts on “How Obama’s ‘innocent’ handshake with Cuba’s executioner becomes propaganda

  1. You would think that bitch would keep quiet after her infamous sweetheart interview with castro back in the 1970’s when she made a mockery of her profession as a journalist by asking the beast leading questions and never pressuring him even when he would provide the most absurd responses. Such as, something to the effect of: Walters: do you respect human right? Some people accuse you of having political prisoners. Castro: we’re the most democratic country in the world, I don’t know of any political prisoners in Cuba. If there is someone who has been treated unjustly, I have not been kept abreast. Walter’s response [with a smile on her face], OH, OKAY. next question… and down the line.

    There is a special place in hell for people like Walters.

  2. Great photo of Walters. Looks like a bitch on wheels–imagine that. But of course, she’s a Cuba expert. I mean, isn’t everybody? Everybody except Cubans, that is.

  3. I vividly remember my appalled disbelief while watching the1977 Walters “interview” of Fidel, a classic example of how Castro, Inc. has used foreign media, “intellectuals” and assorted celebrities to its advantage, or rather, how they’ve allowed themselves to be used. No, they cannot possibly “get” Cuba like we do, but the real problem is not “otherness” but bias, prejudice, willful blindness, and yes, perversity. In other words, the problem is selective, like a certain so-called morality. The very same people managed to “get” South Africa well enough to mount a serious, sustained and concerted effort to bring down the apartheid system, and succeeded in doing so. There has never been any such effort to help Cuba throw off totalitarianism, and there never will be. What we’ve had, for over half a century, is practically the opposite.

    Regarding that 1977 Walters TV show, my initial disbelief gave way to anger, then cold contempt, but I gradually realized that she was a mere symptom of a very widespread disease, and that she wasn’t personally worth the energy it was taking me to detest her. Yes, she was a manifestation of a loathsome phenomenon, but a relatively minor example, and ultimately a glorified talk-show hostess out to make herself look good, create buzz and generate correspondingly high ratings. Given the nature of the profession or environment in which she worked, her success and standing required adherence to the prevailing fashion, or observing the rules of the game–and she wasn’t in it to be a loser or the proverbial voice crying in the wilderness.

    But yes, one would think that, at this very late stage, she could bring herself to give it a rest. Her argument, however, is not so much uninformed as disingenuous, and fallacious is not the optimal word for it. Fellatious is more like it.

  4. It seems telling that Walters, after repeatedly being refused an interview by Katherine Hepburn for years, was finally summoned by Hepburn to her home so that, in effect, Hepburn could interview her before agreeing to go through with it. When Walters arrived, all smiles and ready to please the great star, Hepburn greeted her from the top of the stairs with a barked “You’re late. Have you brought me chocolates?” Walters didn’t know she was supposed to bring any chocolates, but she made sure to bring them from then on for their sessions, which became the televised interview show. I find this telling because it implies Walters was ready to do whatever it took to score a big, splashy subject, and just as she was ready to “accommodate” Hepburn, she would have been ready to do it for Fidel. Evidently, that’s pretty much what she effectively wound up doing (of course, if Fidel had considered her dangerous or too risky, the interview would not have happened).

  5. My Hepburn info came from the Wikipedia entry for Walters, which cites her own 2008 published memoir. That entry also quotes the noted humorist S.J. Perelman, who referred to Walters as “an absolute fiend” and “the most insincere, brassy nitwit in the business.”

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