Now that billionaire Jeff Bezos has purchased The Washington Post, Eugene Robinson likes to remind us of one of the seven principles for the conduct of a newspaper under the previous regime – “the newspaper’s duty is to its readers and to the public at large, and not to the private interests of its owner.” (August 8).
Well, I agree with the principle that Mr. Robinson looks up to, but neither Mr. Robinson nor the Post’s previous owners lived by it. The views of Cuban-Americans were never considered, and, at times, ridiculed by the Post. Cuban-Americans were called all kinds of pejoratives — from members of the Cuban Miami Mafia to Batista sympathizers. During the Elian Gonzalez saga, American editorial cartoonist Herblock published a cartoon in the Post where he called for offering Cuban-Americans a one-way ticket to Cuba for those disagreeing with the official Washington, DC view. Obviously, Mr. Herblock forgot about the right to freedom of speech embedded in the First Amendment of our Constitution. And, Mr. Robinson authored an op-ed in 2010 where he complained about the extra screening rules for airline passengers and argued that passengers coming to the United States from Cuba should be exempted from these rules because Cuba “presents a threat of terrorism that can be measured at precisely zero.” Really?!! To my knowledge, Mr. Robinson has not written an op-ed reacting to the seizure of a North Korean ship in the Panama Canal in July 2013 that was carrying Cuban weapons hidden underneath a cargo of sugar. He must still believe that Cuba presents no threat to the free world!
There were plenty of Cuban-Americans, including me, who sent letters to the editors to rebut the views on Cuba in the Post. Only a few were published.
I think that Eugene Robinson et al. should realize that a new day has come to the Washington Post. You see, Jeff Bezos, since he was four, was raised by a Cuban-American father. Jeff attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School, where he had an opportunity to see the many accomplishments of Cuban-American political refugees who came to this country with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Cuban-Americans will finally get the air-time that they were denied by the previous owners and op-ed authors like Mr. Robinson. Welcome aboard, Jeff Bezos!