It’s hard to tell from the Miami Herald’s report what to make of a leaked State Department report on Radio and TV Marti. And until someone puts the report itself on the Internet – come on, it’s unclassified, after all – no one should leap to conclusions.
But based on the newspaper report, and in the spirit of skepticism about government information, let’s say a few things.
First, I wonder if this report – the product of months of research by Franklin Huddle, recently U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan – fulfills the mandate of the Administration’s Cuba commission, which in July 2006 said that “within 90 days” there would be "a comprehensive and independent review on ways to improve Cuba broadcasts."
The report says there is “anecdotal evidence” that listenership is up and there are reports that TV Marti is being seen in
I’m glad someone is making money interviewing people in
The report says Radio/TV Marti director Pedro Roig is “assertive, inspiring.” Maybe so. But to call him the “most effective in recent history” is not saying much.
The Herald says this: “The report says information obtained from dissidents or independent journalists in
The report questions whether it makes sense for the