Great moments in journalism
Remember that huge demonstration in Caracas last week organised by the Opposition parties to support their candidate, Manuel Rosales?
Thousands turned out to call for democratic change when Venezuelans go to the polls on 3rd December.
In fact, the march received widespread media coverage across the world - except in Cuba, where the tightly controlled media more or less ignored the demonstration.
The propaganda sheet of the Castro regime, Granma, today published a supposedly serious commentary piece (there is no other word for it) ridiculing Rosales and his supporters as “fascists” and US “stooges”. Which is as you would expect.
The article, written by someone called Felix Lopez, is also highly critical of how the “capitalist” media covered the event, claiming the numbers were inflated, people were bussed in, etc, etc.
But Lopez reserves his most venomous observations for the female demonstrators, reporting how he was overcome by “the aroma of Chanel and Givenchi” perfume while witnessing the demonstration. And how difficult it was for him to avoid the women’s “huge and provocative” silicone breast implants - “monumentales y provocativos pechos de silicona”.
I kid you not. Read it here, in Spanish.
It seems sexism is alive and well in a newspaper that calls itself “the official organ of the Cuban Communist Party”.