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The show that wasn't

It seems Miami's Spanish-language station WSBS-SBS 22 killed a much-promoted episode of its public-affairs debate show Polos Opuestos (Opposite Poles) last week after tempers got a little bit overheated during an exchange between human-rights activist Frank Calzon and Miami-Dade Democratic party chair Joe Garcia. After Garcia demanded to know how much of the federal funding for Calzon's group -- the Committee for a Free Cuba -- actually reaches people on the island, Calzon reportedly stormed off the set. He returned a bit later, but WSBS decided not to air the show. Read El Nuevo Herald reporter Rui Ferreira's account. (The Spanish-challenged can opt for Lexington Institute Cuba expert Phil Peters' recap.)

Pardon me if I seem to be smirking a bit. Last fall, one of SBS' Miami radio stations raised bail money for a disgruntled former employee who stormed into the Herald building with a gun (it later proved to be a realistic toy) and took over the sixth floor of the building for several hours while other workers barricaded themselves inside bathrooms. The SBS disc jockeys said it was no big deal, the guy was just protesting Herald "censorship." What do you suppose they call this?


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