NYT flacking for Castro

Cliff Thier
 Memories of the recently departed ABC sportscaster Jim McKay provided the New York Times an opportunity to celebrate the "human side" of Fidel Castro. McKay's producer/director for a 1991 interview with Fidel Castro writes an account of the complexities of the trip climaxing with McKay's last question to Castro:

"I would like to know more about you as a man, and I'm sure the American people would, too," McKay said. "How would you describe yourself as a person?"

In his final question, McKay asked Castro, "Can you see in your lifetime and mine any way that the U.S. and Cuba can assume normal relations/"  Castro responded,  "Everything will depend, my friend, on the amount of years we both live."

I don't know, I'd have preferred this:

"Why do you kill, torture and imprison people who disagree with you?"

or

"Why won't you let Cubans have the freedom to choose their own government?"

 Memories of the recently departed ABC sportscaster Jim McKay provided the New York Times an opportunity to celebrate the "human side" of Fidel Castro. McKay's producer/director for a 1991 interview with Fidel Castro writes an account of the complexities of the trip climaxing with McKay's last question to Castro:

"I would like to know more about you as a man, and I'm sure the American people would, too," McKay said. "How would you describe yourself as a person?"

In his final question, McKay asked Castro, "Can you see in your lifetime and mine any way that the U.S. and Cuba can assume normal relations/"  Castro responded,  "Everything will depend, my friend, on the amount of years we both live."

I don't know, I'd have preferred this:

"Why do you kill, torture and imprison people who disagree with you?"

or

"Why won't you let Cubans have the freedom to choose their own government?"