I was hitting all the Cuba-related blogs last night-rumor mongering- when I realized from the Spanish blogs that a controversy between the MSM and the blogosphere has been brewing. The "Official" news sources are chastising the irresponsibility of blogs for spreading rumors the Castro is Dead rumor. Like those rumors weren't already spreading like wildfire all throughout South Florida. Puhlleez! My mom in Century Village heard the rumor before I read it over at Babalu.
Ernesto from Penultimos Dias appeared as a guest on "A Mano Limpia" standing up for the bloggers where he brought up good points about the usefulness of blogs.
None of the Cuban Americans bloggers are in the business of starting rumors. The reason that the rumors circulate around Cuba issues is because there is no free press in Cuba. People have a natural tendency to know the truth and what is going on around them, so in the absence of a free informative media, as is the case, in Cuba, and "information black market" has formed called Radio Bemba.
On the subject of Castro's death, the regime deems Castro's health a state secret which means it is treason, and a death sentence, to divulge any information on the condition of the tyrant. So, of course, all posts and news are going to be from anonymous sources, what do they expect bloggers to do name names so their friends and relatives can receive a lead pill courtesy of Raul? Hardly.
So what are Cuba bloggers supposed to do when someone they trust calls them with some information from Cuba? Sit on it? Help Castro, Inc. by not divulging its secrets? If Killcastro gets some information from his economist sources about some upcoming economic changes , do you want CB to post it ASAP? Or would you prefer to read it in Granma after it has been wrapped in Cuban Newspeak? If Val gets a call from a friend in government giving him a heads up about police being put on alert-do you want to know?
The rumors of last week, when you analyze them and put them all together all corroborate the "La Reforma" piece that originally reported that Castro is in dire straights physically, if not dead after undergoing yet another surgical procedure.
What do they expect bloggers to do? Wait until Oscar Corral and Ana Menendez publish it? Maybe they want us to all get our Cuba information from Prensa Latina like the AP and Reuters do. Or maybe they want bloggers to interview retired and repented ex-Castro communists like they do.
I don't think so.