A lot of us that live here in South Florida have serious issues with the Miami Herald’s tone as it relates to its coverage of Cuba’s totalitarian regime and Cuban exiles. Many times, the Herald’s online edition carries ridiculous AP and Reuters fluff pieces that parrot the propaganda put out Granma and Prensa Latina and their columnists and reporters, like Menendez and Corral for example, are well, hostile to Cuban exile community.
Today, in a Miami Herald editorial, we are told that the Cuban regime tells SO many lies that “as a practical matter”, they can’t “set the record straight” every time the Cuban government tells a whopper.
But the practical has collided with the pragmatic today. And so the Miami Herald has put aside its journalistic practicality to refute the latest “whopper” from (r)aúl the pragmatic:
But sometimes the lie is so blatant, so malign, so far removed from the painful reality of life in Cuba that it must be refuted, for the sake of common decency if nothing else.
The big lie they are referring to is (r)aúl (c)astro’s recent claim that there has not been ”one sole case of torture” in Cuba.
The truth according to the Miami Herald:
The truth, of course, is that torture and the humiliation of government opponents is a way of life in Cuba. The abusive legal and institutional mechanisms of the state deprive the people of Cuba of their most basic rights on a daily basis, and that extends to the practice of torture in Cuba’s jails for both common criminals and political prisoners
Usually, the Herald and most of the MSM represent the truth as a multiple choice where they give the regime’s version and then what the critics, (that would be us), say as if they have no empirical way of discerning which side is right. Today they have admitted that the truth can in fact be arrived at by using “testimonies and documentation compiled by exile groups, human rights organizations and international bodies over half a century,” but that they don’t do it as a matter of practicality because one assumes it is too time consuming. I guess its more practical to let the lies go unchallenged.
The editorial also goes on to quote Antúnez’s letter to (r)aúl (c)astro’s on that very same lie. Marc posted Antúnez’s letter here.
It took unimaginable courage to write the letter. ”Antúnez” is still in Cuba, still subject to the whims of its ruthless police agents, corrupt courts and venal jail wardens — yet still willing to speak out. Cuba remains a captive nation, but as long as some of its brave men and women dare to speak truth to power, there is hope for the future. Such people will not stay silent in the midst of evil.
Wow! “ruthless”, “corrupt” and “venal”. Those kinds of adjectives are usually reserved for Cuban exiles. Too bad the Herald still chooses to refer to (r)aúl as Cuba’s “leader” rather than dictator. Oh well, you can’t have it all, I guess. One has to be practical.
Maybe the Miami Herald has finally seen the truth and the light at the end of their downward spiraling circulation as a practical matter, of course.
Read the Editorial HERE