Talking about political issues of a country that is not one’s country of origin is a little risky because of the lack of knowledge regarding the internal politics of that particular country, regardless of how educated and knowledgeable the person may otherwise be.
Take for example, last Sunday: the Las Vegas Sun’s Editor, Brian Greenspun, wrote a very disturbing column about the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, using all kinds of adjectives because he did not agree with what the man had said, even after Spicer had already apologized to the relevant parties.
“Sean Spicer didn’t serve the president well…” That summation from pundits earlier this week was a response to Spicer’s ridiculous, stupid, ignorant, callous (you can add your own adjectives at this point) answer in a media conference, in which he claimed that Adolf Hitler never gassed his own citizens. Really?
“The story of the Jewish people over the last 5,000 years or so is replete with murderous tragedies and oppression but none so horrific as the Holocaust, in which Nazi Germany under Hitler did its best to eradicate the Jewish people in the gas chambers of places called Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibor and others. Six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis!”
Brian Greenspun may be an expert on Jewish history, but not as much as his father was; after all, Brian Greenspun was born in the United States, and being an expert in Jewish politics is not required to be a lawyer or to pass the state bar anywhere in the United States.
It is possible that Brian Greenspun may think that because he is the son of the man who built the most important newspaper in Nevada it automatically or somehow grants him the “kingly right” to never be wrong — even after he destroyed the newspaper his father made famous — but that is not true.
Brian Greenspun once has the audacity to speak or write in favor of lifting the Cuban embargo and applauded the betrayal of former President Barack Obama to the Cuban community in the United States.
The Las Vegas Tribune is and always will be against the lifting of the Cuban embargo and encourages others to write to their representatives in Congress to show their solidarity with the Cuban people and the Cubans residing in the United States by showing their opposition to that despicable idea.
Las Vegas Tribune is not talking behind Brian Greenspun’s back; Greenspun knows how the Cubans that own this newspaper feel about the lifting of the embargo. Even our old friendship and having received lots of support from the Greenspun family during the Larraz family days of publishing the first Spanish newspaper in Nevada, which we probably couldn’t have done without the help of the Greenspun family and the Las Vegas Sun, is no reason to keep quiet on a subject that is a very sensitive spot to the Larraz family.
The enemies of the Cuban future claim that the embargo is an obstacle to the Cuban people on the island to be able to have a better life, a life more like we have here in the United States, but that is not the case, and it is far from the truth.
Saying that by lifting the embargo will make it easier for the Cubans on the island to enjoy all the things we are able to enjoy here is a myth and is a mental torture to those who will not be able to obtain those needed medicines, food and other articles of necessity.
Seeing Brian Greenspun passionately defending his beliefs about Jewish politics is the same as seeing the Larraz family defending their beliefs and sentiments about the Cuban issues and Cuban politics that Brian Greenspun was so wrongly defending when he knows nothing about Cuba or the Cubans.
Insulting a man that is representing — and in many cases speaking on behalf of — the President of the United States may be childish and it will not make Sean Spicer’s words disappear; correcting Spicer’s error of opinion as Brian Greenspun did later in the same column he wrote on the front page of his publication was his right to do, without insulting the other man for his difference of opinion.
It is understandable that uneducated people might be used by special interests to be manipulated into creating the image that makes injustice seem the same as ideology; it is easy to brainwash people with few financial resources and no recourse other than to let themselves be brainwashed by a group that only benefits those at the head of that group or organization.
None of these examples could be applied to Brian Greenspan, the owner of the Las Vegas Sun newspaper, which he inherited from his father, because he was born in Las Vegas, during the best era Las Vegas ever enjoyed, and with a silver spoon in his mouth.
Brian Greenspun had an education all the way to becoming an attorney, and he later took the reigns of the publication his father created with sacrifice and effort to make the Las Vegas Sun newspaper the best newspaper in Southern Nevada with “ears” and readers all over the nation, and which was respected by everyone who had common sense and agreed with democracy, freedom, and respect for each other, and who loved this country even if they disagreed with the way he expressed it in his paper.
It is understandable that Brian Greenspun is not happy that Donald Trump has became the 45th President of the United States because of his long-lasting friendship with the Clintons, who even stayed at the Greenspun estate when they visited Las Vegas. But just because former President Bill Clinton is his college buddy does not give Brian Greenspun the right to disrespect the current administration and the legitimate office of President Donald Trump.