From: Henry Gomez
Subject: Radio Martí
Date: September 13, 2006 6:42:32 PM EDT
Dear Mr. Lightman,
I read a quote from you in yesterday’s New York Sun and had a question about it. The quote follows.
“Another regular panelist on the VOA show, David Lightman of the Hartford Courant, also rejected any comparison with the Cuba-oriented services. “This is nothing like Radio Marti. Nobody at VOA has ever told us what to say or suggested what we should say,” he said. “My view is, I’m a professional. I should be paid for my time. … I don’t just wing it.”
I was wondering how you know what Radio Marti and TV Marti are like? I mean, are you fluent in Spanish? Have you listened to or watched these services?
Did you know that by federal statute that the Office of Cuba Broadcasting must abide by the same code of journalistic ethics as the Voice of America?
Did you know that Radio (and then TV) Marti was created for the same reason and with the same objective as VOA, namely to disseminate credible and uncensored information to peoples that would not otherwise have access to it?
Were you not aware of these things?
Or were you just talking shit out of your ass in trying to avoid being roped into a contrived controversy, about journalistic ethics and objectivity, that resulted in 3 journalists being fired?
One would think that a journalist of your caliber and experience could back up the accusations that your Radio Marti counterparts somehow don’t have the same ethical standards that you do.
Henry Louis Gomez
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