Earlier this year, Florida International University (FIU) released a sloppy push-poll on Cuban-American policy attitudes, which was full of glaring manipulations, omissions and contradictions.
The poll was funded by a for-profit lobbying firm, the Trimpa Group, which is pushing the Obama Administration to unilaterally and unconditionally lift sanctions towards Cuba's dictatorship.
(In a recent New York Times story, this lobbying firm admits to representing clients on this issue. Yet, has not federally-registered to disclose its lobbying activity.)
After being pressed on the poll's inconsistencies, FIU Professor Guillermo Grenier admitted to manipulating the results.
This week, Professor Grenier attended a closed-door event organized by the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C.
According to the private invitation, the focus of the event was to:
“Condemn the economic, commercial and financial blockade; the subversive policy of the United States against Cuba; its inclusion in the international states-sponsor of terrorism list; and to support the growing international calls for the release of three anti-terrorism Cuban fighters who remain imprisoned in the United States."
Other attendees included the head of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., Jose Cabanas, the Cuban dictatorship's U.S. lawyer, Jose Pertierra, and "Maceito Brigade" leader Andres Gomez.
That's quite a pro-Castro soiree.
And yet -- even despite last month's election results (once again) disproving FIU's push-poll -- some media outlets still try to present it as an "academic" endeavor.
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