“When the world had given us up for dead, the interview with Matthews put the lie to our disappearance.”
Che Guevara, January 1958
Alas, if the mainstream media had only been half as questioning of Castro as the late Stuart Novins was when Castro appeared on Face the Nation on January 11, 1959. Novins published several stories detailing Castro’s embracing of Communism and the blood stained methods he used to sustain his rule. In short, Novins was a serious journalist interested in reporting the facts and alerting the American people to developments in Cuba.
Most of his colleagues had a different story to tell about Castro as detailed in Humberto Fontova’s book, The Longest Romance: The Mainstream Media and Fidel Castro. In writing this book Fontova certainly has rich examples to choose from. Go here to view a sample of pro-Castro reporting over the decades in the US media.
It could be argued that Castro became dictator in Cuba largely due to the favorable coverage he received in The New York Times, courtesy of Herbert Matthews:
At age 87 Castro has far outlived the tens of thousands executed by his regime and many of the million Cubans who fled his regime. Many factors contributed to the tenacious hold his regime has had upon the luckless Cubans to live under him, but surely not the least important factor is that many within the American media viewed the brutal dictator as a hero.