RAW STORYVideo: FOX, CNN reports focus on Cuban billboardsSun Sep 17, 2006 01:35
Video: FOX, CNN reports focus on Cuban billboards painting Bush as 'bloodsucking' vampire or Hitler
David Edwards and Ron Brynaert
Published: Friday September 15, 2006
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While the NAM (Non-Aligned Movement or nations) presidential summit meets in Cuba, news reports on FOX and CNN spotlighted billboards which mock President George Bush.
One billboard shows Bush as an "assassin" with bloody, vampire teeth, while others compare the U.S. president to Adolph Hitler.
"More than 55 heads of state - including Mahmud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Manmohan Singh of India, Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Aleksander Lukashenko of Belarus, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Evo Morales of Bolivia - have travelled to Havana, the self- proclaimed 'capital of the Third World' for the NAM summit," reports Deutsche Presse Agentur.
According to the FOX News anchor Jane Skinner, the summit was a "meeting of a who's who of world leaders who hate America." A graphic displayed during the FOX report announced that the "summit of world leaders who hate America kicks off in Cuba."
While CNN's segment entitled "Havana Hostility" focused on the billboards, FOX interspersed shots of the signs during a speech given by Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in which he pledged support for Iran.
Michael E. Parmly, Chief of Mission-Designate for the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, tells CNN that the billboards are undiplomatic, vulgar and "not worthy of the Cuban people." Although the U.S. doesn't have diplomatic relations with Cuba, Parmly is the "top US diplomat" stationed there.
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