More Uneducated Attacks from The New York Times

Friday, October 31, 2014
The weight of The New York Times' pen is apparently too heavy for its newest editorial writer, Ernesto Londoño, and his overnight Cuba "expertise" (obsession).

In (yet) another piece today, Londoño resorts to more uneducated attacks against the Cuban-American community's democratically-elected Members of Congress.

This time, he's upset at U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (FL) for telling some truths about Cuba's doctors.

Truths that The New York Times is all-too-willing to ignore.

Thus, Londoño snarks, "thankfully, theirs are becoming increasingly lonely voices in the debate over Cuba policy."

He's alluding to his last editorial on "the shifting politics of Cuba policy."

Of course, the irony is that he claims Cuban-Americans are "changing their views" -- yet Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart represent the only two majority Cuban-American Congressional Districts in the nation.

More dramatically, Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart numerically represent -- with widespread support -- the majority of Cuban-Americans in the entire nation. 

Needless to say, their voices are far from "lonely" in our community.

As for Congress, Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart's voices are also in the majority, which supports U.S. sanctions towards Cuba.

Again, this harks back to Londoño's last editorial, where he fretted:

"Ending the embargo, which requires congressional action, remains challenging because a small but passionate group of Cuban-American lawmakers is adamant about maintaining the status quo."

The irony here -- as we've previously documented -- is that the only thing small and continuously shrinking are the number of Members of Congress that support lifting the embargo.

Moreover, yes, the seven (perhaps eight after Tuesday) Cuban-American Members of Congress are passionate and adamant about Cuba policy -- for they are a reflection of their constituencies and their own life experiences.

However, there are only six Members of Congress that are adamant about lifting sanctions -- U.S. Senators Pat Leahy (VT) and Jeff Flake (AZ), and the far-left House cabal of U.S. Reps. James McGovern (MA), Barbara Lee (CA), Kathy Castor (FL) and Charlie Rangel (NY).

Why are they so strangely adamant about embracing Castro's regime?

Now that's a real confounding issue.

Image below: U.S. Rep. James McGovern (MA) having a great time with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.