Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES — Over nearly 60 years of a revolutionary government in Cuba, the string of enemies against the Revolution has been constant, and because they have no convincing argument against the Revolution, they have to resort to telling lies. Thousands of mothers and fathers were deceived by lies when they sent their children alone to the United States, during Operation Peter Pan (1960-62), which is still a sad memory for many of those involved.
Lies, slander, half-truths and biased interpretations of reality, have been journalism’s keynote in the media to serve the oligarchies and the most backward ideas of contemporary thought.
News coming from Spain via the Latin American news agency Prensa Latina, give us an idea about how lies take over the above-mentioned media. I will copy a part of this information for those of you who are interested:
“Today, over fifty Cuba solidarity organizations awarded El Pais, the Spanish newspaper, the Prize for the most lying press against the Caribbean nation.
“The awarding of this unique prize was announced during the last day of the 14th National Meeting of Solidarity with Cuba in Bilbao Spain. The groups met in this city of the northern region of the Basque Country for several days.
“In a resolution adopted by its over 200 participants, the conference awarded El Pais for being the Spanish newspaper with the most accumulated merits in the art of slandering, manipulating and distorting news and information against Cuba and its Revolution.
“This is the second time El Pais has been granted this recognition by the solidarity movement with Cuba, as in 2015 this ‘honor’ was given to the ultra conservative ABC newspaper”.
“Even foreign investment groups could not compensate enough with its publishing of one embarrassing scam after another which led this newspaper to lose readers, subscribers and even advertisements.
“[They are] a daily friend of the violent Venezuelan protestors (guarimberos) and the Ladies of Blank Checks, the applause-meter of “smart” bombs and ideological ram for NATO interventions. Definitively: a friend, a really good friend of peoples’ enemies.”
I have given you this example, but there are many media outlets who use lies against the Cuban Revolution in many different ways.
I recently read an article about the inauguration of a luxury hotel for high-quality tourism in Havana, and at the end of this piece it added that the main challenge the hotel faced were the problems with the capital’s electricity network, with the quality of water and water pressure, waste disposal and communications infrastructure via the internet.
Four lies with one stone, because there isn’t a problem with any of these four things here in Havana. If there were, the Kempinski hotel chain wouldn’t have taken on running a hotel of this caliber here.
There are more than enough lies when it comes to the quality of service tourists receive, with the aim to detract value from the Cuban tourism product, which is growing year after year and has a high repetition rate, which refutes these lies and discredits them because this is one of the worst flaws a person and media outlet can have.