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U.S. Govt Paid Journalists for Anti-Castro Stories

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posted on Sep, 10 2006 @ 05:54 PM
I can't say I'm really surprised by this news. Propaganda is in full force and if the journalists won't comply, just pay them to comply. I think the Miami Herald did the right thing in firing their reporters who took money. I would not be surprised to learn that this is happening on a much larger scale than this.

US coverage:

U.S. Paid 10 Journalists for Anti-Castro Reports
MIAMI, Sept. 8 — The Bush administration’s Office of Cuba Broadcasting paid 10 journalists here to provide commentary on Radio and TV Martí, which transmit to Cuba government broadcasts critical of Fidel Castro, a spokesman for the office said Friday.

Cuban Coverage:

US Press Well Paid to Harm Cuba
Havana, Sep 9 (Prensa Latina) At least ten influential journalists in southern Florida, including three from the New Herald (Spanish edition), received thousands of dollars over the last few years from the US government for broadcasting anti-Cuba propaganda through radio-TV programs.

Veteran reporters Pablo Alfonso and Wilfredo Cancio and Olga Connor, a collaborator of the New Herald, were the best paid for attacking Cuba through the so called Radio and TV Marti, with sums reaching almost 175,000 dollars, Granma daily, the official organ of Cuba s Communist Party, reads today.

The news was no surprise in Cuba, where journalists have repeatedly denounced, even with names, the ethics of reporters paid by the US government to attack the Cuban Revolution, the daily stressed.

Can you see and understand why Castro and Chavez are so paranoid now?

[edit on 9-10-2006 by worldwatcher]

posted on Sep, 12 2006 @ 07:49 PM
The USA like most other countries do actively participate in propganda campaigns. During the Afghanistan and Iraqi wars phamplets were dropped along with food and water. These were obviously pro-American packets. Is it wrong to broadcast propaganda to others? Possibly, normally the information isn't factually wrong but just from a different opinion or viewpoint.

The US governments runs "Voice of America" which it distributes in 44 different languages. Do you think the information and programmed is tailored to show the US in a positive light ... of course it is.

One must always consider the source of the news. Of course if we're paying journalists to run stories under their names that is a good way to disguise the fact. From the news clips you posted it sounds as if these were stories run through a Cuban Broadcasting department of the Bush administration ... so people would be well aware of that programs intentions

[edit on 9/12/2006 by SmallMindsBigIdeas]

posted on Sep, 16 2006 @ 02:22 PM
so much of democary that people talk in US could be bought by couple of dollars.

Every country have propaganda and most it controlled by goverment.

For example there is many things during the Gulf War 3 where the media change the president Bush mission statement on the War in Iraq.
1. Weapon of Mass distuction
2. Saddam connection with al- Qedia
3. building demcracy in Iraq

but if you hear what is between the line and listen carefully in what they say you would know what is the mission stament of the Iraqi war for the American gov and Isreal.

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