They say the first draft of history is written by journalists. In Cuba’s case that’s a tragedy. The journalistic legacy of Cuba coverage has been a disgrace for more than fifty years. All of the U.S. media is culpable starting with the New York Times and all the major broadcast TV networks. But there’s one really sad example. The Miami Herald.
The Herald is a curious case. They are here as one of the big sponsors of Cuba Nostalgia like they are every year. What strikes me as odd is the schizophrenic attitude the paper has had towards Cuban exiles over the decades. We can go back to Jack Kofoed’s hateful columns and fast forward to Ana Menendez (who trashed this very event) and Carl Hiaasen, Leonard Pitts, etc. Most recently, the Herald was publishing “news reports” from official castro outlets without even an attempt to disclaim them.
Now here they are with their hand out trying to ingratiate themselves to sell fishwraps to an audience they have insulted and lied to and about.
George walked by their booth yesterday and told the sad sack who was manning their exhibit that he had the worst job in the place. It could have been different. The paper could have been fair. It might have a few more readers today. But along the way they’ve alienated pretty much the entire community they are supposed to serve.
Today Val helped them connect their internet. I wouldn’t have been so gracious.