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The Miami Herald’s Cuban Spy Problem

It has been known for quite a few years now that our very own Miami Herald has a Cuban spy problem. However, it appears the Herald's lead editors have taken residence in the town of Denial and refuse to acknowledge this very serious issue.

Fortunately for them, there are people like Professor Antonio de la Cova, Ph.D. who is more than willing to help them face their past and exorcise the Castroite demons that have and continue to wreak havoc on their credibility.

A recent email exchange between Dr. de la Cova and the Miami Herald:

From: delacova@latinamericanstudies.org
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 2:34 PM
To: Myriam Marquez
Cc: Juan Tamayo ; David Landsberg ; Manny ; Jay ; Michael Sallah ; mailto:AMarques@miamiherald.com ; Edward Schumacher-Matos

Subject: Re: Selective journalism

Dear Ms. Marquez,

Thank you for your prompt response.

Professor Marifeli Pérez-Stable for years appeared on the Miami Herald website as a member of the Board of Contributors to the Miami Herald. The Miami Herald to this day has avoided fully investigating the various accusations against her of being controlled for more than a decade by the Cuban Directorate General of Intelligence (DGI). The accusation was first made by DGI defector Capt. Jesús Pérez Méndez in an FBI debriefing in 1983. A copy of the document appears here:  http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/Perez-Mendez-debriefing.pdf

I have been a university professor for two decades with a lengthy and award-winning academic publication record that is found here http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/articles.htm

In contrast, while you offer so-called “Cubanologists” access to the Herald’s Opinion page, you personally denied me the same right of rebuttal that you gave Prof. Pérez-Stable in November 2009, in response to the Herald ombudsman´s article “Charges against columnist don’t add up.” Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos mentioned me eight times in seven paragraphs with a total of 356 words. Instead, you chose to limit me to a 330-word “Letter to the Editor” rather than the same 700-word op-ed piece afforded Pérez-Stable. To refresh your memory, please read our exchange of emails on my academic website here http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/Miami-Herald-spy-polemic.htm

I use that correspondence as a teaching tool to let my students judge for themselves if the Miami Herald denied me the appropriate right of rebuttal and if the newspaper uses selective journalism. You are invited to attend my class to present the Herald’s viewpoint when we again discuss this issue next semester.

Enjoy the holidays.

Antonio de la Cova, Ph.D.

___________________

 

From: Myriam Marquez
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2012 1:44 PM
To: mailto:delacova@latinamericanstudies.org
Cc: Juan Tamayo ; David Landsberg ; Manny ; Jay ; Michael Sallah ; mailto:AMarques@miamiherald.com ; mailto:ombudsman@miamiherald.com

Subject: Re: Selective journalism

Dear Mr. de la Cova,

Please correct your false assertion about Prof. Perez-Stable’s links to TMH. The professor wrote two columns monthly for The Miami Herald. She was never a member of the editorial board and certainly never guided editorial positions. We offer an array of opinions on our pages, prominently including Cubanologists Carlos-Alberto Montaner, Jose Azel, Jaime Suchlicki, Pedro Roig, and many others every week.

Wishing you a happy new year,

Myriam Marquez
On Dec 22, 2012, at 12:42 PM, <delacova@latinamericanstudies.org> wrote:

Juan Tamayo

Miami Herald

 

Dear Juan:

I read your article “Ricardo Alarcón will leave his post as president of the Cuban legislature,” published in the Herald on December 20, http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/12/20/3151330/ricardo-alarcon-will-leave-his.html where you again mention Cuban intelligence operative Mercedes Arce and that “Former FIU professor Carlos Alvarez, convicted of spying for Cuba, identified Arce as one of his handlers in the 1980s and 1990s.”

However, the Herald once again omits mention that Professor Alvarez, in page 489 of his FBI interrogation, that appears here http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/Alvarez-spy-6.pdf stated that when Arce visited Miami, she stayed in the home of accused Castro agent, former Miami Herald Editorial Board member and FIU Professor Marifeli Pérez-Stable, whose background appears here http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/marifeli.htm

I indicated this to you in my email of June 7, 2012, and your terse response was: “thanks for reminding me of the arce-marifeli connex.” I wrote back the same day: “There is a pattern at the Herald of omitting any information linking their columnist Marifeli Perez-Stable to Cuban spies, such as Mercedes Arce, who stayed at her residence.”

I first brought this issue to the Herald’s attention in the exchange of emails on October-November 2009 that I sent you, Miami Herald Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos and Herald Editorial Page Editor Miriam Marquez, that I copied other Herald editors and posted on my academic website at http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/espionage/Miami-Herald-spy-polemic.htm

My email on November 5, 2009, to Ms. Marquez concluded by indicating: “Hopefully, what people will remember is that Perez-Stable and her intimate friend Mercedes Arce are spies and the Herald suppressed the truth.”

Three years have passed since that exchange of emails and the Herald is still using biased and selective journalism on this story. The Herald continues neglecting to investigate or mention the decade-long links between Professor Perez-Stable and Cuban intelligence agents such as Arce.

In consequence, I have used my posted email exchanges with the Herald as a teaching tool for my history students as an example of the Herald’s duplicity, manipulation and yellow journalism.

Sincerely,

Antonio de la Cova, Ph.D.

11 comments to The Miami Herald’s Cuban Spy Problem

  • "The Sixties had awakened in me a commitment to social justice that led me to see Cuba in a different light. Like Vietnam’s, the revolution’s defiance of the United States won me over. I came to see the victory at Playa Girón —as the failure of Bay of Pigs is known in Cuba— as a long-postponed affirmation of national sovereignty."- Marifeli Pérez-Stable

  • asombra

    In a way, this is moot. The Miami Herald has long made it fairly clear that it will deign to take the money of Cuban-Americans but it neither respects nor likes them. Any Cuban who has failed to see that is either stupid, in denial, suffering from ADD or having memory loss issues. The overwhelming majority of Cuban-Americans should have completely rejected the Herald (both the English and Spanish versions) long ago. The fact this has not happened is not the Herald's fault, though it has no doubt been emboldened or encouraged by it to persist with business as usual. The Herald culture is what it is, and any Cuban who enables it in any way is part of the problem.

  • asombra

    Curious factoid: "Bay of Pigs" is a misnomer. Yes, it's called "Bahía de Cochinos" in Spanish, but the "cochinos" in question are not pigs but a kind of fish that goes by the same name in Cuba and is found in those waters.

    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balistes_vetula

  • FreedomForCuba

    asombra,

    That's why I cut my ties with the Miami-Herald and suspended their subscription over a year ago.

    For the looks of Myriam Marquez's reply they Herald is still in denial in regards to spies in their mist.

    Oh well...

  • antonio2009

    ADDENDUM

    From: delacova@latinamericanstudies.org
    Sent: Saturday, December 24, 2012 12:40 AM
    To: Myriam Marquez
    Cc: Juan Tamayo; David Landsberg; Manny; Jay; Michael Sallah; AMarques@miamiherald.com; Edward Schumacher-Matos

    Subject: Prof. Marifeli Pérez-Stable "Editorial Contributor" of the Miami Herald

    To Whom It May Concern:
    Please note that in the curriculum vitae of Professor María Felicia "Marifeli" Pérez-Stable posted on the FIU website
    http://gss.fiu.edu/people/faculty/marifeli-prez-stable/cv-marifeli-perez.pdf
    She promotes herself as:
    "2004- Editorial Contributor. The Miami Herald. Biweekly column on Latin American topics."
    The professor does not include the date that she stopped being an "Editorial Contributor" for the Miami Herald.
    She appeared on the Herald’s website during 2004-2009 as a member of the newspaper’s "Board of Contributors."
    I am sure that you will have her correct her "false assertion."
    Sincerely,
    Antonio de la Cova, Ph.D.

    I then received this bounce back:
    :
    64.18.7.11 does not like recipient.

  • Mambí

    Perfect timing guys. My mom just handed me her renewal notice for the Herald, and I told her I'm cancelling it. I cancelled mine over five years ago. They can go f..k themselves. As for Marquez, I don't know how the rest of you feel, but in spite of her occasional attacks against the regime and her claims to be an independent, the majority of her columns are clearly written from a Democratic Party liberal/left perspective. Not as bad an Ana Menendez, but not much better either. On the very few occasions I've picked up that rag at my Mom's house, I haven't noticed one full-time voice for the conservative point of view. Unfortunately, they're reflective of this pathetic community that's now gone almost fully to the dark side.

  • asombra

    Marquez will always be tainted, in my mind, by her involvement in Oscar Corral's notorious "magnum opus." To my knowledge, she's never come clean on that, and I doubt she will. She's definitely not "trigo limpio" in my book.

  • asombra

    Ah, Ziva, "social justice." Because that’s what totalitarian regimes like Castro, Inc. are all about, as everyone knows (especially "intellectuals"). I can easily imagine P-S saying that with a totally straight face, maybe with a pious, dreamy expression for good measure. Oh, she’s credible, alright. Totally. Lord, the revulsion. And she can’t even proffer the marginal compensation of serious talent, like Alicia Alonso or Leni Riefenstahl, not that it would change anything. Nauseating--and not just her, but her enablers, like FIU and the Miami Herald. As Humberto might say, "Pero que clase de gentuza nos gastamos los cubanos, caballero!"

  • asombra

    A rule to live by: If someone or something offends you or is significantly objectionable, and you don't need that person or thing, DO NOT ENABLE THEM. If you can do without them, but you don't reject them and cut them off, you ARE part of the problem. It has become critically important to observe this rule in light of recent (and prior) developments. Be VERY strict and hard-nosed about where your money and support go. Do NOT feed those who will only turn around and screw you over one way or another.

  • asombra

    I don't doubt that the Herald finds people like Pérez-Stable or Saladrigas more congenial and reasonable than "those people," the yappy, annoying Chihuahuas. It is pointless to expect otherwise from such a quarter. It is up to the Chihuahuas to put the Herald to proper use, and I shouldn't have to specify what that is.