Investor’s Business Daily has the must-read editorial:
Cuba’s expulsion of three journalists was a minor story, but shouldn’t be. Not only does it show Cuba’s growing fear of the spotlight, it raises questions about why others are still there.
It’s no coincidence the same Western journalists who tell us all’s well in Cuba — nothing here but vintage cars and mojitos — were not among those asked to go. In fact, their reporting has little in common with that of the Chicago Tribune’s Gary Marx, the BBC’s Stephen Gibbs or Cesar Gonzalez-Calero of Mexico’s El Universal.
Under intolerable conditions — spied on by secret police, sources harassed by government goons — these three managed to paint a credible picture of Cuba. That’s important because big changes are coming with the demise of the Castro regime, and it might not be a Velvet Revolution.
And what about the journalists who remain?
Earlier this week, unexpelled Reuters correspondent Marc Frank wrote about Cuba’s latest failed sugar harvest, making no effort to look up why government price-setting creates the same disastrous result over and over. Like the Soviets of old, he blamed the weather.
Not everything Frank does is bad, but the ex-People’s Daily World staffer states in many of his reports that Cuba’s economic problems are a byproduct of the U.S. embargo rather than the failures of socialism.
Not to be outdone, Anita Snow of the Associated Press is the go-to person for every Western fringe leftist visiting Cuba and parroting Castro’s priorities.