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Fake news: Maine and Cuban independence

By Edel Blanco Duarte / Radio Cadena Agramonte.

"A lie repeated a thousand times becomes a truth." Joseph Göbbels

Mass media employees have always had the duty to report the truth, but there are those who forget this golden rule of Journalism and distort reality, regardless of the consequences of their actions. 

The explosion of the American battleship Maine in Cuban territory, on February 15, 1898, and the tabloid approach that the news had changed the life of an entire country that for almost three years had been in struggle and was about to free itself from the colonial yoke.

The media told many lies about the tragedy that, in just 48 hours, in the United States the warmongering fever spread throughout the nation, where there were multiple demonstrations calling for the declaration of war, and even anti-Spanish proclamations were launched in the churches.

On the other hand, the Americans had heard for years the atrocities committed during the period that Valeriano Weyler ruled on the island, which made the work of the press media more credible and called into question the Spanish report which indicated that the explosion had been triggered from Maine itself.

The independence of Cuba

The Mambises, who were holding a successful fight against Spain, would see how the dream of independence escaped them again, because time after the Americans entered the conflict, the Iberian surrender came, however, in the signing of peace Cubans were excluded.

After long years of waiting and several frustrated purchase attempts, the United States achieved the objective of taking control of Cuba and consolidating its dominance in the area as the only power. One of the oldest dreams of that nation was coming true: "America for the Americans."

Time after, on January 1, 1959, with the triumph of the Revolution, Cuba would achieve its true independence. Of course, the provocations and fake news against our country still persist, but the people united faces and wins every challenge. (Photo: File)