History played role in WLRN decision

 

I agree with WLRN General Manager John Labonia that it was a mistake for Topical Currents host Joseph Cooper to have canceled the interview with the author who claimed that the Cuban Five are innocent.

That single error in judgment should not, however, seriously detract from Cooper’s 30-plus years of highly credible service as a WLRN journalist, producer, program manager and host.

This community has, indeed, developed a broader tolerance for controversial programming related to Cuba. In the not-too-distant past, similar programming led to highly emotional community outrage and raised threats of political, personal and financial consequences. I suspect that history played a role in this single unfortunate decision.

Don MacCullough, former WLRN general manager, North Miami Beach

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