Cuba, Black Lives Matter, Joe Biden, Cuba Protests

Cuba, Black Lives Matter

Florida Democrats See familiar storm cloud in Spanish-language Cuba coverage

From communism and socialism, to AOC and Black Lives Matter, the coverage amplified on Spanish-language radio, TV, and platforms like WhatsApp is problematic for Democrats.

7/23/2021 1:09:00 AM

From communism and socialism, to AOC and Black Lives Matter , the coverage amplified on Spanish-language radio, TV, and platforms like WhatsApp is problematic for Democrats.

From communism and socialism, to AOC and Black Lives Matter , the coverage amplified on Spanish-language radio, TV, and platforms like WhatsApp is problematic for Democrats.

As the protests against the Cuban dictatorship continue, Florida has emerged as the nexus of Cuban-American advocacy against the regime amid calls for the Biden administration to do more to support the Cuban people.But as it did during the November election, Spanish-language media in South Florida is having an outsized role in telling the story of what is unfolding, often in a partisan or incomplete way that has darkened the mood of worried

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Democratsin the state, reminding them of their losing battle against disinformation in 2020.Raul Martinez, a Democrat whose top-rated Caracol 1260 AM radio show was canceled when America CV bought the station and decided to take it in a more conservative direction, told

NewsweekJoe Bidenwill not call out communism in Cuba, and makes broad pronouncements of the power the White House has to power the internet in Cuba."If FOX is saying crazy s**t you can at least turn on MSNBC and figure out what the truth is," former congressman Joe Garcia, whose family fled Cuba, told Newsweek."But here the fervor has spilled online and turned to xenophobic rightwing craziness." In this photo, a man shows a tatoo that reads"Freedom" during a protest showing support for Cubans demonstrating against their government, in Hialeah, Florida on July 15, 2021.

Eva Marie UZCATEGUI / AFP/Getty Images"What they imply is that Biden has the key to turn on the internet in Cuba, which is totally inaccurate," Martinez said.Biden last week called Cuba a"failed state" and communism a"universally failed system."

On Thursday, the White House announced new sanctions on specific Cuban leaders using the Magnitsky Act, which began as a response to Russian aggression and was later used against Venezuela as well.The White House did not move forward on using high-altitude balloons to grant increased internet access, as South Florida

Republicanscalled for and Miami radio and Spanish-language networks amplified, because it was convinced the plan wouldn't work.But Thursday's announcement did include plans to provide virtual private networks, or VPNs, to increase internet access on the island.

"I'm hoping today's announcement can stop some of the bleeding on Spanish outlets," said Andrea Mercado, the executive director of Florida Rising, which took part in creating a report on the disinformation broadcast Spanish-language stations in the wake of the Capitol attack on January 6.

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Cuban-American activists and Republicans will continue to call on the administration to do more, and time will reveal the effects of the increased sanctions, but on Spanish-language networks there is a Wild Wild West feel, with the Biden administration on the wrong end of the shoot-out.

On América TeVé, known locally as Channel 41 to many in Miami, where a recent YouTube title for a segment declared"Ron DeSantis will try to give free internet access to all of Cuba via a satellite," the coverage of Joe Biden was worlds away.

In a song written to chastise and make fun of Biden's approach to the Cuban protests, the singers called him"blind" to Cuba's fight and accused him of"playing dumb" on the world stage. Read more: Newsweek »

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