I wanted to make a few additional comments on Radio/TV Marti.
I listen to Radio Marti from time to time; anyone can listen through its website. My general impression has been that the presentation if the news is straight, but in some cases when there’s an issue that is politically sensitive in
And then there have been episodes that show a huge gap between Marti and normal journalism. Among the most famous were when Marti decided not to carry a live broadcast of President Carter’s address at the University of Havana, or when it delayed for hours the news that Elian Gonzalez had been seized by federal agents.
I think the survey that Marti commissioned to measure its audience, covered in the recent AP story, is another such episode.
You don’t have to be a journalist to know that no editor in print or broadcasting measures his own audience.
The only credible measures are independent ones. In newspapers, it’s the Audit Bureau of Circulations. In radio, it’s Arbitron. In television, it’s Nielsen.
At Radio/TV Marti, they chose one of their own contractors, one who according to AP “has had several other contracts to improve Marti programming.” So that even if the contractor’s survey work was impeccable, outsiders would have reason to doubt it, but Marti’s management apparently saw no issue here. The contractor, equally untroubled, said, “I don't care about the perceptions.” Again, good enough for government work.
The survey, with positive results, wsa leaked to the Miami Herald during the week when Marti’s budget was being considered in a House committee.
Then there’s the question of research methods. I’ll grant that this is not a simple subject to research, but it’s not impossible. In the past, Marti has paid foreign research firms to do the research in
But no – Marti chose a contractor that worked exclusively in the
The contractor says he is “open for any kind of examination of our work product.”
If so, he should release his report. It’s unclassified, and if it’s good enough to give to the Miami Herald, it’s good enough to give to the rest of us.
We paid for it, after all.