In a Sunday tweet, the New York Times reported about the strong uprising happening in Cuba. Protesters have flooded the streets, standing up to their dictatorship, tyranny, poverty, inequality, pathetic healthcare and calling for freedom. It isn't the first time that Cubans have been brave enough to stand up, but it's the first in a very long time.
Conservatives on Twitter lost their minds, however, because the New York Times posted the story saying that the protesters were "chanting 'freedom' and other anti-government phrases." Freedom is an anti-government phrase in Cuba where the long-running dictatorship attempts to control every move and bar any effort to speak out against them. While most children are taught about it in middle school, it seemed many had forgotten.
Fox News even lied about the tweet, saying that the New York Times called "freedom" an "anti-government slogan," leaving it to sound like the Times was calling it against the United States.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was one of those who lashed out at the Times about the tweet. But oddly, he'd just advocated for Cuban freedom a few hours prior. He's also repeated the same quote from his father about Cuban freedom three times.
I am a conservative carpenter in Wisconsin and even I know what they meant. To the Cuban government the people shouting this is anti-government. Am I actually having to tell this to Ted Cruz\u2026Delete this tweet, I\u2019m losing all hope even in conservatives now.— hmm... (@hmm...) 1626049772
The Communist Cuban regime will be consigned to the dustbin of history. It has brutalized & denied freedom to generations of Cubans, and forced my family & so many others to flee. \n\nThe American people stand squarely with the men & women of Cuba and their noble fight for liberty.https://twitter.com/tpostmillennial/status/1414326870003396608\u00a0\u2026— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1626045843
Joe, am glad you agree that the UN Human Rights Council is a joke & Cuba is a repressive totalitarian dictatorship. That\u2019s why Trump pulled the US out. You might want to mention that Cuba was elected to \u201cHuman Rights Council\u201d THREE TIMES while you were VP: 2009, 2013 & 2016.https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1261403984100818944\u00a0\u2026— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1589927149
My father used to say, "When in Cuba & we faced oppression, we had a place to flee to. If we lose our freedom here where do we go?" #txsen— Ted Cruz (@Ted Cruz) 1326422028
But when conservatives saw the tweet, they believed it was the New York Times saying that "freedom" was a word that was against all government or perhaps against the U.S. government. It isn't clear.
But it was certainly something that many conservatives were mocked for not knowing or understanding about the tiny island.
One of the biggest problems facing conservatives is that they frequently take stories like these and twist the info into something that perpetuates their narrative that the "left" or the "media" is against them. The same thing happened with the Mr. Potato Head story. The toy company Hasbro was expanding Mr. Potato Head to have a whole Potato family where people could dress up their potatoes however they want for whatever outfits they want. Potatoes don't have a gender, but Fox News claimed it was Democratic cancel culture.
In another case, Fox News hosts crafted a conspiracy that Democrats banned Dr. Seuss because his estate decided not to publish some of the older books that had outdated imagery seen as racist today.
This manufactured crisis is yet another example and it will likely fill the airwaves of Fox News and other right-wing media outlets on Monday.
Only New York Times commies think \u201cfreedom\u201d is an \u201canti-government slogan.\u201dhttps://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1414338725207752708\u00a0\u2026— Dan Gainor (@Dan Gainor) 1626046049
Well yeah, \u201cfreedom\u201d is an anti- **Communist** government slogan I suppose\u2026 https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1414338725207752708\u00a0\u2026— Connor Boyack \ud83d\udcda (@Connor Boyack \ud83d\udcda) 1626046740
Uh\u2026 you do realize this happened in Cuba, right?\n\nMore 5th grade logic landmines from the Trumpers.— Ed Greenberger (@Ed Greenberger) 1626052400
The \u201cother\u201d in this headline seems like a particularly funny slip.https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1414338725207752708\u00a0\u2026— tsar becket adams (@tsar becket adams) 1626046057
We've reached the point of "Freedom and other anti-government slogans."https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/1414338725207752708\u00a0\u2026— Jazz Shaw (@Jazz Shaw) 1626046150
Others on both sides were quick to school the "nimrods" on Twitter.
The Cuban government is an 62 year dictatorship that oppresses Cubans. Of course shouting \u201cfreedom\u201d is anti that government. That\u2019s the whole damn point.\n\nInstead of trying to own the NYT, how about we all focus on standing in solidarity with freedom-loving Cubans?\n\n#SOSCuba https://twitter.com/tedcruz/status/1414378409069670400\u00a0\u2026— Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas (@Ana Navarro-C\u00e1rdenas) 1626049784
The protesters in Cuba, while protesting against the government, are shouting 'Freedom!' Are you really trying to say they're shouting a pro-government slogan while doing it?— LaserShark (@LaserShark) 1626053122
.\nCruz tips his hand when he publicly acknowledges he backs a fascist/ communist dictatorship like Cuba. pic.twitter.com/11nbxX5zzj— Acheronta Movebo \u2623\ufe0f (@Acheronta Movebo \u2623\ufe0f) 1626052008