John Kerry’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee Slams Radio and TV Marti

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radio-marti.jpgAn excellent “committee report” has just been released by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee majority staff that condemns the operations and management of Radio and TV Marti.
The Cable‘s Josh Rogin at Foreign Policy got the scoop — so read the whole story, but here were my own comments as captured by Rogin:

“Radio and TV Marti have been more about employing embargo proponents, paralyzing US-Cuban relations and perpetuating an anachronistic Cold War standoff than they have been about furthering American interests or triggering change in Cuba,” said Steve Clemons, foreign policy head at the New America Foundation, “Barack Obama voted against these programs in the Senate because he said they ‘don’t work’ and it’s commendable that the Senator Kerry and his team are shining a spotlight on the corruption and incompetence embedded in these programs.”

I remembered President Obama’s vote against funding for these operations on the basis that they didn’t work — and found his posture on this refreshingly correct.
— Steve Clemons

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3 comments on “John Kerry’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee Slams Radio and TV Marti

  1. samuelburke says:

    Radio Marti is neocon radio to cuba.
    a great sounding idea when it was born…but the idea has not
    yielded results and, antagonizes the govt of cuba.

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  2. JohnH says:

    I would love to have Wigwag substantiate her allegations that “the American left would have killed both Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe.”
    Such phony charges are right out of Joe McCarthy’s playbook. Unfortunately for Wigwag, they’re not even plausible.

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  3. WigWag says:

    “Radio and TV Marti have been more about employing embargo proponents, paralyzing US-Cuban relations and perpetuating an anachronistic Cold War standoff than they have been about furthering American interests or triggering change in Cuba,” said Steve Clemons, foreign policy head at the New America Foundation, “Barack Obama voted against these programs in the Senate because he said they ‘don’t work’ and it’s commendable that the Senator Kerry and his team are shining a spotlight on the corruption and incompetence embedded in these programs.” (Steve Clemons quoting Josh Rogin)
    I don’t know anything about Radio Marti; the allegations if true should be investigated and changes should be made.
    But I do know that so-called American progressives hated Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. During the Cold War, they criticized the broadcasts objectivity; they criticized the professionalism of the reporters; they constantly harangued about political influence and they alleged that the stations provided little more than propaganda. Just as Cuba does everything it can to jam Radio Marti, the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies did everything they could do jam Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
    Is there any doubt that given their druthers, the American left would have killed both Radio Liberty and Radio Free Europe?
    Of course after the Cold War ended, we learned that hundreds of thousands of Poles, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Latvians, Estonians, Lithuanians, Serbs, Croats, Bosnians, Albanians, Bulgarians and others viewed these radio stations as their lifelines to the broader world. Not only were many passionate listeners, but people often took great risks to actually listen to the broadcasts.
    None of this suggests that Radio Marti is doing a good job, but it does suggest that criticisms of stations like Radio Marti should be viewed with some skepticism.
    The question is simple; is Radio Marti politically biased or are its critics politically biased?

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