The Huffington Post is an Internet news gathering site that primarily gets its news from other sources. The site reprints stories developed and carried by the major news organizations as well as tidbits that it gets by scouring the Internet. Sites like The Huffington Post gather and assemble news for their readers.
The Huffington Post has long been criticized for its use of sensationalized headlines, bold grabbers that draw readers in. After news junkies get pulled into a story by its titillating headline, disappointment often follows. The story was far less provocative than the headline implied it would be.
As an example of this type of aggressive baiting of potential readers, one of the headlines in yesterday's Huffington Post was this: "Justin Trudeau Hammered for Praising Fidel Castro." OMG! Hammered, was he? That's an awfully powerful verb, one that leads readers to believe that the young Canadian prime minister must have been nearly destroyed. Who could have possibly wreaked than much havoc on poor Justin? Why, at the very least, it must have been a significant portion of the Canadian electorate.
After being "hammered," could the young man even hope to survive - politically or perhaps even physically?
A careful read of this crucial news story was obviously in order.
So I bought into the headline and read the story - and really wasn't surprised to learn that Trudeau had not been "hammered" by anybody. He was just "tweeted" by a couple of twits. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both of whose families lived in Cuba in the days prior to the Revolution, were indignant that any politician anywhere would have decent things to say about Fidel Castro. The pious Cruz even went so far as to label Justin Trudeau a "socialist." Bad, Trudeau, bad, bad, bad!
According to The Huffington Post, Justin Trudeau had praised Fidel Castro as "a legendary revolutionary and orator" while acknowledging that he was "a controversial figure." Trudeau then went on to say that "both Mr. Castro's supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for 'el Comandante.'"
Ted Cruz, whose very pious father, Rafael Cruz, actually fought for the Revolution in its early stages before he fled to the United States, had this to tweet:
"Disgraceful. Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot -- all evil, torturing murderers."
And Marco Rubio, whose family left Cuba for the United States prior to the Cuban Revolution - but who nevertheless liked to campaign on the notion that they had been forced out by the awful Fidel, spit out this wad of snot over Twitter:
"Is this a real statement or a parody? Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing."
No, Little Marco, you are the one who is shameful and embarrassing - and so is your Senate buddy Ted Cruz. Before either of you two malicious morons get too absorbed in your own self-importance, you might want to look long and hard at the glittering pile of excrement who handed you your butts in the presidential primaries. You both are losers, as I'm sure the President-Elect has pointed out to you on multiple occasions.
You are losers, and Justin Trudeau, the elected leader of Canada, is a winner. When it comes to understanding and evaluating world leaders, I'll take my cue from him over the opinions of two political hacks who couldn't even take down the village idiot of Manhattan.
And the only person in all of this who was likely to have been "hammered" was the headline writer for The Huffington Post!