Someone took me to task yesterday for publishing a post that read:
What would you say if I told you fidel castro was dying, right now – October 6, 2006, 1:11 pm – at the fourth floor, ward G, of the CIMEQ hospital in Havana?
I was accussed of rumor mongering, link whoring and worst of all “working for the other side.”
Now, we all know and have known for some time that the bearded bastard is dying. Just looking at recent photos of fidel castro proves that he’s nothing more than a cadaver on major meds. So, obviously, the waning away of the dictator is nothing new. Yet I opted to publish the information as it was passed on to me by a trusted source because if anything, it proved exactly where fidel castro is spending his last days. And, if anything, it shows those Cuban government guys that monitor our sites – yes, they monitor our sites, they have to – that we know a thing or two about what’s going on despite their efforts to manipulate the data and information leaving the island.
Please notice that I did not say “fidel castro is dead.” We dont know if he’s dead or not and we wont know he’s dead until the regime wants us to know he’s dead. We can all get plenty of emails and correspondence from sources in Cuba saying he’s dead, but until it’s official – as in officially pronounced – it is all speculation and rumor, despite the veracity and validity of our sources.
I also opted to publish that info as it was a Friday afternoon and I figured I’d give you all some food for thought for the weekend and a needed respite from all of the negative news we have been subjected to for so long. In other words, to give everyone a little something to smile about and maybe add a little spring in your step this weekend. If that post made you call your parents or think about your family members who passed away waiting for the dictator to die, then I did my job as a writer.
Had I been link whoring as was suggested, I would have contacted the Michelle Malkins and Instapundits and Dean Esmays and other high traffic and high profile blogs to generate said traffic. I didnt, of course, because the intent behind the post was not to get more traffic. Nor was it meant to get bragging rights for beating the MSM to a story to then boast how members of the MSM are reading this blog.
If there is one thing Ive learned in these 3 years of blogging is that you cant please all the people all the time. I have been criticized, ostrasized, slandered, libeled, labeled, had cyber actos de repudios done against me and accused of everything and anything, including being in cohoots with the Cuban government. To which I can only say that the archives of this blog speak for themselves.
One thing I will say in no uncertain terms is that noone – and I mean not a single human being or entity – tells me what to publish here on Babalu. I post what I want, when I want and how I want and I am very proud of that fact. If I chose to turn this blog into a repository of information on the lives of lizards in my backyard, then that is my choice to make.
And to that person who accused me of “working for the other side” all I want to say is: Dont accuse me behind the filter of the cyber world, bring your proof and accuse me in person, to my face, like a man. And be ready to deal with the fisticuff consequences.
Ive never purported to have all the answers nor do I even know all the questions, and I have made that perfectly clear here many times. What I can tell you, however, is that I have never knowingly published any false information and have always done my best to vet everything we publish here as best we can. I have never sold my principles out for a few more visitors and to accuse me of same only speaks volumes as to you as a person and your own personal motives, ulterior or otherwise.
If you dont like what is posted here you can do one of three things: You can ignore it and move on, you can do your best to debunk it honestly, or, if you prefer, you can kiss my Cuban ass.