The Press: News Space for Sale

On the front page of its literary section one day last week, Mexico City's daily Novedades (News) printed what it called "testimony against that type of journalism that ought to disappear." Part of the testimony was a letter lifted from the Cuban embassy last winter after Fidel Castro's bearded revolutionaries toppled the Batista regime. Written by Oscar de la Torre, Batista's Ambassador to Mexico at the time, the letter confirmed what everyone had long suspected—that Aldo Baroni, columnist for Mexico City's daily Excelsior, had taken money to say nice things about Dictator Batista. The ambassador wrote to a presidential aide in...

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