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Miami Herald: Did the Washington Post Embellish Marco Rubio's 'Embellishments'?

The same WaPo that crowd-sourced Sarah Palin’s emails; the same race-baiting WaPo that made a front page story out of a 30 year-old rock; the same WaPo that ignored the Jeremiah Wright story (h/t: Jim Geraghty) — has now launched a partisan attack against Senator Marco Rubio, a man widely believed to be a leading contender for the Republican Vice Presidential nod in 2012.

One-by-one the MSM is attempting to pick our candidates off with lies, half-truths, innuendo, and phony narratives — especially our non-white, non-male candidates who represent a unique threat to the re-election of Barack Obama and the Democrat party in general. Yesterday, the Washington Post launched the latest narrative missile in this ongoing media campaign, but thankfully the Miami Herald has already fired back (as has Rubio):

Did the Washington Post embellish Marco Rubio’s ’embellishments’?

The Washington Post just released this interesting story headlined “Marco Rubio’s compelling family story embellishes facts, documents show.” The paper flagged a clear inaccuracy in his official Senate biography that states the Senator’s parents “came to America following Fidel Castro’s takeover.”

That’s false. Rubio’s parents came to the US before then, in 1956. They remained in the US after Castro took over in 1959. They returned to Cuba for brief stints early on, before the country devolved into Soviet-style totalitarianism.


But the top of the story suggests Rubio himself has given this “dramatic account:” that “he was the son of exiles, he told audiences, Cuban Americans forced off their beloved island after ‘a thug,’ Fidel Castro, took power.”

However, the story doesn’t cite one speech where Rubio actually said that.

Professor Jacobson sums it all up perfectly:

The Miami Herald, however, points out that it is WaPo which is embellishing, not Rubio[.] … The Herald points out that the one speech which WaPo cites as to Rubio telling the story of his family fleeing Cuba after Castro does not actually say what WaPo says it said. The Herald also makes the completely accurate point that even Cubans who left just prior to Castro could not return unless they wanted to live under Communism, and that it it proper to refer to them as exiles.

If you look close enough, you can see The Matrix:

  1. The Washington Post desperately wants to see Barack Obama re-elected in 2012.
  2. In order for Obama to get re-elected he needs to win a large portion of the Hispanic vote.
  3. Rubio is, obviously, Hispanic and a rising star within the Republican party.
  4. If Rubio is the pick for VP in 2012 he’ll attract Hispanic votes.
  5. The Washington Post has decided to try and take Rubio down now.

Rubio has already fired back:

“What’s important is that the essential facts of my family’s story are completely accurate,” Rubio said, adding that Castro’s ascension to power meant that his family would not be able to achieve their dream of returning to Cuba.

Rubio said his parents, Mario and Oriales Rubio, and his brother, Mario, arrived in the U.S. in 1956 on an immigration visa, prepared to live there permanently but hoping to return to Cuba one day.

In 1961, he said, his mother and older siblings returned to Cuba while his father stayed behind in the U.S. to wrap up the family’s matters.

“After just a few weeks living there, she fully realized the true nature of the direction Castro was taking Cuba and returned to the United States one month later, never to return,” he said.

“They were exiled from the home country they tried to return to because they did not want to live under communism,” he said. “That is an undisputed fact, and to suggest otherwise is outrageous.”

Just as we’re watching the MSM attempt to “Uncle Tom” Herman Cain, the knives are now out for another racial apostate, Marco Rubio. And if you don’t think this is a genuine media conspiracy, you haven’t been paying attention.

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