What did last year’s Trump rallies have in common with this year’s anti-communist protests in Cuba? Not much, perhaps, except that they are certain to be covered by CNN as coronavirus superspreader events.
CNN Havana correspondent Patrick Oppmann said on Thursday that the ongoing S.O.S. Cuba protests “does not help” the Castro regime’s Covid response, as you’ll see in this report below (which aired during CNN Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell):
I'm Patrick Oppmann in Havana, where COVID cases and deaths have surged here despite the Cuban government's claims that they've done a good job handling the pandemic. Certainly, it does not help that the historic protests and pro-government demonstrations have taken place over the last few weeks. The government has actually arrested some protesters, saying that they violated covid protocols but then held their own large pro-government demonstrations to show that the support of the people is still with them. The government is vaccinating here with their own vaccines, but it will likely be weeks or months more before we see a dip in the COVID numbers.
Oppman gave the appearance of both-sidesing the report. But take note of his presentation of the pro-regime protests, staged “to show that the support of the people is still with them.” Also, take note the juxtaposition of footage. On the SOS Cuba side, protesters were being arrested by regime forces in sparse settings. When discussing the regime's "rallies," there was a tight shot depicting a large pro-regime crowd.
Images are essential to storytelling, and it's hard to miss the subliminal story being told here. Taking that into consideration, the report was little more than pro-regime propaganda.
And yet you didn’t hear of COVID concerns as Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. burned last summer. In fact, the only time that CNN consistently expressed COVID concerns with regard to mass gatherings was when reporting on Trump rallies, especially in the South. Remember that as the media scrambles to find villains for its Delta variant emergency panic coverage, and remember CNN’s willingness to cover for the homicidal Castro regime.
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