Fact or Fiction?

Yes, high speed internet is making its way to Cuba via Venezuela. Not to be picky, but does this bit from Information Week seem to have a decided bent? Prominently featured is this quote from the Wiki Leaks report:

“The contract between the two countries, which has been independently verified, adds weight to Cuban statements that the United States economic embargo of the island has forced it to rely on slow and expensive satellite links for Internet connectivity,” said Wilileaks investigative editor Julian Assange in the report. “

The supposed refusal of the United States to allow Cuba access has also been in just about every report. But I’m a little confused. Here’s Dan Fisk from the National Security Council in May.

…it may interest you to know that the Bush Administration authorized a U.S. company in 2002 to connect Cuba to an existing fiber-optic cable in the Atlantic. That authorization is still valid. The fact is that the Cuban regime has not been interested in providing the Cuban people with Internet access. Further, the President has twice offered to license U.S. non-governmental organizations and faith-based groups to provide Internet-ready computers to the Cuban people if the regime ends it restrictions on Internet access. We are still waiting for the regime to allow Internet access to the Cuban people. I hope you are asking the rulers in Havana the same question. (The full text of his remarks here.)

Wonder why I haven’t come across that tidbit in any of the reports?

8 thoughts on “Fact or Fiction?”

  1. This only goes to show that practically everything that is reported on Cuba is filtered through the Cuban government news agencies which are then picked up by AP, UP, New York Times, etc.. without any verification, corrections, etc… As journalists, they are dropping the ball and shilling for the tyranny. I call it INFORMATION LAUNDERING. AP, UP, NYT’s, etc.. are laundering propagandistic Cuban news stories, printing them here and giving them a patina of legitimacy that they do not deserve. It’s sickening.

  2. From the U.N. Internet Governance Forum in Athens 2006

    Ulysse Gosset, a French moderator: I was asking about the percentage of Cubans who were connected.

    Juan Fernandez, Cuban government official: We don’t count this, in terms of individuals who, depending on the money in their pocket, cannot have access. People have connection to Internet, wherever they are, in the mountains, in the schools. More than a thousand schools have only maybe one pupil, because when we say 100 percent in Cuba, we talk about 100 percent.

    You can read the whole piece here:
    http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/internet/0,39044908,61964449,00.htm

  3. “Information laundering” perfect Ray. These regime enablers should go back and re-read all the stories about Yoani Sanchez. If what they say is true, she’d be blaming the U.S. and not Cuba for her difficulties in blogging.

  4. A shame that this question was not asked while Tony Snow was alive. He could and would have hit THAT BEISBOL out of the park. -S-

  5. Glad that you like it. INFORMATION LAUNDERING is indeed the perfect way to describe what the mainstream media does with news out of Cuba. This saying occurred to me because I would look at the news Cuba would print on their official website and then see the news about Cuba in the New York Times and the NYT’s version was often a word-for-word copy of the garbage spewed out by the Cuban tyranny complete with their anti-exile, anti-US spin. It was unbelievable. So, I figured that they were laundering news out of Cuba. Whereas, the average American would doubt anything out of Gramma, they wouldn’t doubt something written by the so-called “paper of record,” the New York Times. The NYT’s and the mainstream media are thus making Cuba propaganda acceptable, i.e. Laundering the news. In my eyes, this is no different than a dirty bank that launders dirty drug money.

  6. rsnlk, you haven’t come across that tidbit in any of the reports because it’s an inconvenient truth (a real one, not some Al Gore glorified BS).

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