Radio Marti, the official US media operation originally developed to broadcast news and information into Cuba, has become embroiled in a serious scandal. In recent months, the TV, Radio, and Internet outlet has broadcast propaganda attacking George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist and prominent critic of Donald Trump. According to the Washington Post, Soros was described as a “’nonpracticing Jew of flexible morals’ and as a ‘left-wing billionaire of Hungarian-Jewish origin.'”
Marti also broadcast radically anti-Islamic messages, and cited Judicial Watch, a right wing “think tank” that has targeted Soros in the past. The group has even accused Soros of funding Marxist revolutionaries in South America.
Marti is currently undergoing an internal investigation in an attempt to discover how these reports came to be broadcast. According to the Post, some relatively low-level staffers have been dismissed for the incident, but the betting is that actual responsibility can be traced to a much higher level–perhaps all the way up to Cuba Broadcasting’s Director, Tomás Regalado.
But whoever is responsible, it is extremely worrying that such crudely anti-Semitic comments could have been broadcast by an official US agency about a man whose only offense seems to have being a liberal critic of Donald Trump.