Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Interesting comparison of NYT's view of Pinochet and Castro

An interesting contrast. Both were dictators but one left the foundations for a functioning economy and a democratic system whereas the other established a repressive family dynasty over an impoverished people. Castro was responsible for the deaths of 10-50 times as many more people as Pinochet. Castro was also responsible for the mass migration and periodic immigration of hundreds of thousands more.

Castro had by far the worst human rights record but was supported by the Soviet Union and favored communism whereas Pinochet was sponsored (at least to some degree) by the US and favored somewhat free markets. Among all these factors, which one(s) caused the New York Times to treat Castro more favorably than Pinochet?

Click to see the comparisons

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