There was bizarre news out of the U.S. State Department on Wednesday as the Associated Press reported that U.S. diplomats had to return home from Cuba after experiencing “physical symptoms,” which included “potentially permanent hearing loss.” The mysterious incidents led to the United States expelling two Cuba officials from their Washington, D.C. embassy. Despite the stunning revelations, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) gave the story zero time later that evening.
Meanwhile, on Fox News Channel’s Special Report, Anchor Bret Baier delivered a news brief on the developing story. “The AP says Cuba may have placed sonic devices that produce non-audible sound inside or outside the residences of several embassy staffers with the intent of deafening them,” he reported. “The Americans eventually came home.”
As reported by the AP, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert told the press that the first of the incidents dated back to the fall of 2016, during the Obama administration. “She would not say what the symptoms were except that they were not life-threatening,” the AP added. Nauert would not go into detail about what had occurred, but FBI and Diplomatic Security Service investigators were looking into the matter.
“U.S. diplomats are among the most closely monitored people on the island,” the AP noted. “It’s virtually impossible for anyone to take action against an American diplomat without an element of the Cuban state being aware.”
The AP’s breakdown of the incidents, which came from an anonymous diplomat, painted a chilling picture:
In the fall, officials said the affected diplomats and their spouses began to experience symptoms of hearing loss so severe and puzzling that an investigation was launched, and it was determined that they were at risk. They were allowed to leave Cuba, the officials said. No children were affected, but at least some of the adults who were are believed to have suffered permanent hearing loss, according to the officials. They said the Cuban government had denied any involvement.
What made the Big Three Networks’ dead silence on the issue even more disgusting was the fact that they were in love with Cuba.
So when President Obama allowed travel to Cuba, the networks were all over it. NBC’s Kerry Sanders glorified his boarding of a cruise ship to the communist regime as ‘a pinch-me moment.’ ABC shamelessly threw aside the Cuban exiles living in America to hype Anchor David Muir getting on a plane to the island.
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And when the murderous Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro died in November 2016, they wept with his communist supporters. In fact, 94 percent of their coverage ignored the “economic disaster” he created for the people there. As reported by the MRC’s Scott Whitlock at the time, CBS’s Charlie Rose “reported from Cuba on Tuesday, trumpeting the “legacy” of the “thunderous” Fidel Castro and the “anguish” over his death.”
And after Donald Trump was elected president, the networks feared he would “roll back” President Obama’s “legacy” in opening up Cuba. NBC’s resident Castro apologists, Andrea Mitchell bemoaned about how “Havana tonight open for business. But now on edge, afraid President Trump is about to shut the door once again to most U.S. travelers.”
Clearly, they have more of an affinity for Cuba than the welfare of U.S. diplomats there since ABC chose to report on hikers finding a mountain lion, CBS flipped for a new dinosaur getting a name, and NBC went gaga for Oprah’s new line of frozen food.
Fox News Channel
August 9, 2017
6:21:51 PM Eastern
BRET BAIER: State Department officials say the department is expelled two Cuban diplomats from their country’s embassy here in Washington. It’s in response to a series of incidents that left American diplomats in Cuba with physical symptoms. Officials tell the Associated Press the symptoms include potentially permanent hearing loss.
The AP says Cuba may have placed sonic devices that produce non-audible sound inside or outside the residences of several embassy staffers with the intent of deafening them. The Americans eventually came home.