Jose Hugo Fernandez, a writer for Cubanet, really didn’t like a recent paper of mine (pdf) on Raul Castro’s economic policy, and published his comments on Cubanet. He focused on a short section of the paper where I recount some of the Cuban state media’s coverage of economic problems. Readers will make up their own minds, but I’ll point out that I didn’t discuss the role of the Cuban media, much less conclude that “instead of covering up problems, its articles and reporting are exposing the country’s real difficulties,” as Mr. Fernandez says. Some of his criticisms are directed at phrases in quotation marks that I didn’t write. One phrase I used is “state media,” which I think is self-explanatory.