Sunday, January 25, 2015

No, but thanks for asking

There's still time to grab some bottled water and freeze-dried food and settle in front of the TV!

"Cuba - Losing the Last Battle of the Cold War?" airs Sunday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. The program, anchored by "Special Report" host Bret Baier, will take a close look at the two nations and their shared history.

"Last battle of the Cold War" has sort of a Third Battle of Manassas ring to it, though it's not specifically a Fox trick. Journalism has a bad habit of proclaiming grim milestones and psychologically important barriers without much regard to whether the underlying data adds up to something or not. (That pesky Korean situation, for example, might well count as part of the Cold War from some perspectives.) But wait, there's more:

Cuba is many things to many people: To the American military, it’s the location of Guantanamo Bay U.S. Navy base and the terrorist detention facility it hosts. To generations of American presidents, it has been the national security threat at our very doorstep. To Cuban exiles, it’s a long-lost homeland.

I guess we could get three generations out of it: Ike, LBJ, Reagan, Tricky and Ford (birth years 1890 to 1913), JFK, Carter and Bush Sr. (1917-24), and the younguns (1946 and 1961). The bigger question is where, and for how many of those generations, Cuba was "the national security threat at our very doorstep," which seems to be giving away a lot more of the store than the feckless Kenyan did.

Around the world, Cuba is often seen as the little nation that defied the U.S.—and won. 

Just a thought -- do you figure one way to change that perception might be, oh, letting it be known that you're playing a different game?

With the new path in relations, is opening up this “socialist paradise” a chance for Cuba to change its ways, or is President Obama throwing a lifeline to a dying regime? Watch Fox News Channel for answers tonight.

Kind of interesting that anyone might need answers after having seen the question, but -- hey, butts in seats! Pass the freeze-fried popcorn.

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Anonymous Michael said...

Of course, before it was the "national security threat at our doorstep," it was, for a couple of generations of Southerners, "the next place to expand the slave trade on our doorstep" and for a couple of generations after that, it was "the colonizable island nation on our doorstep." Seems like Fox News would be in favor of THAT, wouldn't it? Because when America imports raw materials from colonizable places and sells them finished goods, that means the terrorists lose, don't they?

9:09 PM, January 25, 2015  
Anonymous Picky said...

Is there not room for a question mark over the extent to which Guantanamo Bay is a "terrorist detention facility"?

3:01 PM, January 26, 2015  
Blogger Fred Vultee said...

How's the exchange rate these days? Could we get three or four claim quotes for a question mark?

11:33 PM, January 26, 2015  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately for viewers this is the kind of reporting we accept. All major news sources are guilty of reporting inaccuracies, but blatantly exaggerating seems to be preferred style of Fox Fair and Balanced. Sure their are costs to opening Cuba to America, but if Fox were to have it's way the US would be the most secluded country in the world.

1:02 AM, February 02, 2015  

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