Clark Hoyt’s recent review of the reporting done by the Herald in the case of the Martí Moonlighters affirmed that although the Herald didn’t intentionally publish any false information, certain facts were omitted from the story that could have given it more balance.
Well Hank Tester is reporting that Frank Hernandez Trujillo, the executive director of Grupo de Apoyo a La Democracia, one of the groups specifically mentioned in the Oscar Corral’s recent articles (and an Ana Menendez column) about questionable expenditures of federal monies earmarked for Cuban democracy initiatives, is “hot as a skillet, claiming the Herald did not get the entire story out.”
Tester quotes an email he received from Hernandez Trujillo:
The Herald reports we only spent 13 percent of our budget purchasing food and medications. The reason is we received over $3 million in food and medications donations, primarily from two well-known South Florida corporations.Hat Tip to: Hank Tester
We have sent over 350,000 pounds of assistance in food, medications, clothing, short-wave radios, medical equipment, etc. The Herald mentions an exercise bike sent to Cuba. I explained to the writer of the article the exercise bike was sent to a doctor in Santiago, Cuba who maintains an independent clinic at his house and offered to provide him with the telephone number of the doctor so he could verify the facts. Also, that part of our budget is for medical equipment, so in any case the item was covered under the agreement. He chose to publish it without any explanation.
We have sent over 100,000 books and magazines with over one hundred different titles. He chose to mention Harry Potter and The Alchemist and "forgot" to mention the rest.