U.S. Paid Miami Journalists to Smear Castro Regime

Anyone interested in — or reporting on — Cuba best check their sources. The U.S. Office of Cuba Broadcasting paid anywhere from $15,000 to $175,000 to disseminate information attacking Cuba to the 10 journalists below. The Miami Herald reported Friday:

At least 10 South Florida journalists, including three from El Nuevo Herald, received regular payments from the U.S. government for programs on Radio Martí and TV Martí, two broadcasters aimed at undermining the communist government of Fidel Castro. The payments totaled thousands of dollars over several years.

If you’ve repeated information gleaned from reports by any of the below reporters, chances are they were influenced by massive gobs of dinero from the U.S. government and likely are lacking in accuracy and/or genuinity!

10 journalists fired over Cuba source: Miami Herald online

Paul Salopek to be Freed

Great news fresh off the AP wire:

The president of Sudan agreed to release American journalist Paul Salopek on Saturday after meeting with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a spokesman for the governor said.

Paul Salopek via Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune
Salopek, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was put on trial for for espionage and related charges after entering southern Sudan with satellite maps and a duplicate passport (neither grounds for arrest) on assignment for National Geographic.

Here’s a link to the Chicago Tribune’s coverage. Salopek is to return to the Trib as a foreign correspondent after his NatGeo assignment.

High fives to Gov. Richardson for his persistence.

ABC’s Controversial Mini-Series

It’s an insult, a pity, and an embarassment that ABC insists on airing “The Path to 9/11.” Despite pleas to pull it from Bill Clinton, Harry Reid, and others, Disney president and CEO Robert A. Iger is not backing down
mohammed atta the mouseketeer via americablog
ThinkProgress is leading the charge in asking readers to Tell ABC to pull “The Path to 9/11.”. Sheldon Rampton scrutinizingly details fiction in this post.

One of the most upsetting twists to this story, is that Scholastic has actually partnered with ABC to present discussion guides and class materials to contribute to the brainwashing of schoolchildren.

John at Americablog has the post of the week right here. “The Path to Mickey” is an historical look at bias and racism at Disney. Just like ABC’s 9/11 “docudrama“, John warns it is strictly a dramatization.