It's clear that on Nov. 9, 2016, CNN sent every staffer a memo that said: "Bash President Trump at every turn."
That much is obvious. But it's amazing the lengths the once-great cable news network will go to achieve its goals.
In a piece headlined "Cuba to Trump: US in no 'condition to lecture us' on human rights," CNN openly sided with Cuba's communist regime as it slammed Trump for rolling back former president Barack Obama's steps to expand relations with Cuba.
Trump's speech announcing the move was "full of hostile rhetoric," Havana said in a statement, claiming that the rollback will "revert" the progress achieved between the two countries in the past two years, CNN reported.
Under the President's executive order, the Trump administration will begin strictly enforcing the exemptions that allow travel between the US and Cuba and prohibit commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the military and intelligence services. Trump also directed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to convene a task force on expanding Internet access on the island and reiterated the United States' opposition to efforts in the United Nations to lift the Cuban embargo until more is done to honor human rights.During his speech, Trump slammed Cuba for human rights abuses, saying, "The Castro regime has shipped arms to North Korea and fueled chaos in Venezuela. While imprisoning innocents, it has harbored cop killers, hijackers and terrorists. It has supported human trafficking, forced labor and exploitation all around the globe."
The Cuban government rebuked those statements in a lengthy response Friday, writing that Trump's executive order betrays a double standard on human rights.
"We have deep concerns by the respect and the guaranties of the human rights in that country, where there is a large number of cases of murder, brutality and police abuse, particularly against the African Americans; the right to live is violated as a result of deaths by firearms," the statement read.
The story went on and on, quoting the Havana response and "a litany of concerns: racial discrimination, salary inequality between genders, the marginalization of immigrants and refugees from Islamic and other countries, Trump's proposed wall on the southern border, his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, the imprisonment of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, the killing of US and foreign citizens in drone attacks, the preface for and conduct of the wars in Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, and estimates that the Republican health care bill would cause 23 million people to lose medical insurance."
"The US President, ill-advised once again, takes decisions that favor the political interests of an extremist minority of Cuban origin in the state of Florida, who driven by petty motivation, do not desist from their objective to punish Cuba and its people for exercising the legitimate and sovereign right to be free and for having taken the reins of their own destiny," the statement said.
Now, of course, any astute reader will know that CNN shares that exact "litany of concerns" with Cuba. The network couldn't care less that it's taking sides with a horrific regime that has abused the Cuban people for 50 years.