Sunday, May 22, 2011

Interview with Frank Calzón

Frank Calzón

I just posted an interview with Frank Calzón, executive director of the Center for a Free Cuba. See the 55-minute interview on the Cuba Money Project's Vimeo channel.
Calzón is one of several people I met during a recent reporting trip to Washington, D.C. Still to come: Interviews with Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue; Peter Kornbluh, director of the Cuba Documentation Project at The National Security Archive, and others.

4 comments:

Rich Haney said...

As one would expect from Professor Eaton, your interviews are fair and balanced when you open with a Frank Calzon and follow with a Peter Kornbluh. Calzon epitomizes the legion of benefactors in the U. S. who have grown very rich just for being "anti Castro;" Kornbluh is seldom interviewed by the media although (and because) he is a renowned Cuban expert who clearly and fairly defines both sides of the two-sided U. S. - Cuban conundrum. Comparable to Kornbluh is Wayne S. Smith, whom I hope you also interviewed.

Rich Haney said...

The problem with Frank Calzon's 55-minute propaganda spiel is, typically, such Cuban exiles freely use the US media to present their side of the conundrum without (or seldom) having to address the other side. He, for example, should have been asked these two questions for starters:
(1) For decades your Committee for A Free Cuba" has received millions of tax dollars; other than making you and your cohorts rich, what have the US taxpayers received for all those millions? (2) In the Bush White House you secured a plush office for a young man named Felix Sixto so he could be Bush's top advisor on Cuba; shortly we learned that Sixto had stolen $500,000 or so of your tax-provided dollars; what happened to Sixto and was any of those dollars ever returned to taxpayers? Of course, such pertinent questions are never asked of Calzon because, I guess, of political correctness or media incompetency.
Taxpayers concerned with their money being lavished (since 1959) on people like Calzon should use their seach engines to dial up such reports as: (1) The Jeffrey Kofman (ABC News) report entitled "Newscast to Nowhere" about the "hundreds of millions" (his quote) of tax dollars showered on Radio-TV Marti although Cuba easily blocks the anti-Cuban broadcasts and the money is simply designed to line the pockets of Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen cronies in Miami; (2) Marie Cocco (a great Washington Post/Newsday nationally syndicated columnist) famous article entitled "Take It Anyway!" She reported on huge amounts of money the Bush White House was sending to the Cuban exiles in Miami, till one day the exiles asked him to slow down the spigot till they had time to properly spread the loot around; Cocco reported that George W. Bush said, "Take It Anyway." Except for the massive harm they have done to the US democracy, a handful of Cuban exiles (like Calzon) controlling the US government's Cuban agenda would be laughable.

Alex said...

Rich,
While your cynicism may have helped you in the past (doubtful) to identify fraud, it should not be directed at Calzon or the organization that he runs. It is unnecessary to personally attack Calzon just because you disagree with his political views. He is an honest man and you should be ashamed of accusing him otherwise. Judging by your lack of factual evidence against Calzon, I’m guessing that you neither: met him, nor did much research into the work that he does. Unfortunately, it is not the established media that has problems detecting the truth; it is the thousands of aspiring Nancy Drews armed with a BlogSpot account and a search engine. These (sometimes well meaning) individuals cloud the truth and help to create a feedback rumor mill that unfairly delegitimizes beneficial institutions. Rich, next time you feel the need to add your laughable opinions please take a moment to consider the consequences of your words. Slander and gossip do farm more harm than good.

Sincerely,
Alex

Tracey Eaton said...

Rich,
A belated question to your comment about Calzon - how do you know Calzon has grown rich?
Tracey