The Associated Press Chronicles 'Guerrilla Warrior' Castro's 'Push to Power'

December 31st, 2008 2:35 PM

Associated Press writer Will Weissert apparently thought that the Communist government in Cuba wasn't doing a good enough job of white washing and glorifying Fidel Castro's legacy and decided to try his hand at it. Thus he wrote a little piece describing the humble hut that Castro used as a head quarters during his Communist rebellion:

Before he was Cuba's unchallenged "Maximum Leader," Fidel Castro was a guerrilla warrior who slept in a hut made of sticks and palm leafs, with a hole-in-the-ground outhouse at the bottom of a hill.

Castro was 31 when he arrived in 1958 at this hideout deep in the cloud-forest jungles of eastern Cuba's Sierra Maestra mountains, and led a rebellion that would topple dictator Fulgencio Batista as New Year's Day 1959 dawned.

Weissert then proccedes to lament how few luxuries Castro had in those days:

Among his few luxuries, in a camp where 250 fighters slept on the soggy ground, were his double bed, kitchen and deck.

But those humble conditions, luckily, didn't prevent the "maximum leader" from performing a couple marriages:

A trained lawyer, Castro performed two marriages for rebel couples at the camp.
Predictably, Weissert makes absolutely no mention of the attrocities comitted by Castro or his regime. Despite several quotes from Castro and his supporters he cites absolutely no one in any sort of opposition to Castro.

And while Weissert is quick to identify Castro's enemy, Batista, as a dictator he instead preferred to label Castro's position as a presidency:

In February, he ceded the presidency to his younger brother, Raul.
Perhaps Raul Castro will take Weissert on as press secretary because his propaganda has no place in American journalism.