Under Owner-Editor German Ornes, the Dominican Republic daily El Caribe praised Dictator Rafael Trujillo slavishly, as do all Dominican newspapers. Last week, at a press conference in Manhattan, German Ornes, 36, bitterly labeled Trujillo a "despot" and his regime a "tyranny," accused him of "usurpation, plunder and criminal violence."

The 180° turnabout resulted from a ludicrously simple one-word error in El Caribe last Oct. 27. By an unexplained fluke, a picture caption in that issue mentioned that flowers had been placed before Trujillo's tomb (tumba); the word should have been bust (busto). It was a fatal error, Ornes explained last...

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