ANTHONY DEPALMA ON "THE MAN WHO INVENTED FIDEL"-Mitch E. Perry05/15/06
INTRO: In 1957, Herbert L. Matthews of the New York Times Ã¢â‚¬â€œ considered of the best foreign correspondents of his time Ã¢â‚¬â€œ tracked down Fidel Castro in CubaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Sierra Maesta mountains and returned with what was considered the scoop of the century. His heroic portrayal of Castro- thought to have died in a botched raid months earlier Ã¢â‚¬â€œ had a powerful effect on American perceptions of Cuba, both in and out of government. It also had an impact on the fall of the Batista regime and CastroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own rise to power.
When Castro revealed himself to be a Soviet backed dictator, blamed was heaped on Matthews. His life long reputation as a journalist collapsed, and he was accused of betraying his country.
A new book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Man who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of the New York TimesÃ¢â‚¬?, written by NY Times reporter Anthony DePalma, has just been published.
WMNFÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Mitch Perry spoke with him earlier today. He began by asking DePalma what led him to write this story?
DEPALMA ON CASTRO PART 1
That was NY Times reporter Anthony DePalma, the Author of Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Man who Invented Fidel: Castro, Cuba and Herbert L. Matthews of the New York TimesÃ¢â‚¬? Well hear part 2 of that interview later this week