CDA staffers wrote on Feb. 8 - and again on Friday - that I am working with the non-profit organization. And Claver-Carone said I should point out that fact to readers of Along the Malecón.
He's absolutely right.
I had cited my new association with the CDA in an updated bio earlier this month, but it deserves a few words here, too.
I am writing a series of articles and sharing them with the CDA as part of a six-month experimental collaborative project with the group.
CDA staffers and I share some common ground. I have questions about U.S. policy toward Cuba. I believe that if we can have normal relations with China and Vietnam, then we can normalize relations with Cuba. I think the CDA would probably agree with me on that.
We disagree on some points, too, but we choose to focus on our common ground.
The debate over the fate of Cuba is passionate and polarized. I have never set out to be on one side or the other. I value tolerance and understanding over name-calling and personal attacks. I tried to get across that idea in 2008 when I started this blog with these words:
This blog - not right, not left, but wedged somewhere in between - is dedicated to the Malecón and the people who go there to escape and to dream, if only for a few hours.
Lately, I have been focusing on U.S. government-financed Cuba programs and the democracy movement in Cuba.
|Las Damas de Blanco|
I care about accuracy and reporting the truth. I am committed to correcting factual errors in blog posts and stories and make any fixes when mistakes crop up.
I reach out and listen to people of all political persuasions on both sides of the Florida Straits.
|José Daniel Ferrer|
Just because I have some criticisms of U.S. policy toward Cuba doesn't mean I endorse the socialist government.
That said, I try to keep my opinions in check if they ever interfere with my ability to produce an even-handed story. Author and editor Robert Niles said:
Advocacy is not the antonym of objectivity. Objectivity is the goal of accounting for your own biases when observing of an external reality, so that your report accurately reflects that reality.Not all readers may keep these distinctions in mind, but they are vital to the way I go about my work.