A few days ago, in the wake of Obama’s diplomatic-relations deal with Cuba, I was shocked by this Foreign Policy tweet. Not only is the headline pretty biased and unfair in its sneering tone towards Cuban-Americans/Cuban-exiles … but the accompanying photo was beyond the pale — its clear implication being that a Cuban exile “hardliner” was horrifically shouting down (and almost beating down upon!) an elderly man during a debate. You know, those horrible, bitter, loudmouth, tyrannical Cuban exiles………..
I thought: “Hmm, the guy [the jerk] doesn’t look Cuban and, well, Cuban exiles just don’t bark at defenseless old men.” (Sorry, I’ve been to countless demonstrations throughout my life — never have I seen a Cuban exile behave that way, at least not towards an elderly frail man.) Putting aside the clear bias of Foreign Policy in choosing that photo, it simply didn’t seem authentic or accurate.
But Foreign Policy hadn’t added a description to the photo, leaving the implication that the monster was a Cuban exile “hardliner.”
Then, this afternoon, Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith, posted an article concerning the Cuba matter. I clicked on it and lo-and-behold, check out the photo/caption:
Seems Mr. Red Handkerchief is …. wait for it…. an Obama-supporter and certainly not a Cuban exile “hardliner.”
Dear Foreign Policy editors, when will you vicious hacks offer an apology?