The New Republic/Jorge Mas Canosa Collection
Scope and Contents
The New Republic/Jorge Mas Canosa Collection in Special Collections in the Green Library at Florida International University consists of materials gathered by legal counsel retained by the New Republic magazine as part of trial preparation in a libel suit filed against the magazine by Mr. Mas Canosa, Chairman of the Cuban American National Foundation. The suit stemmed from an article that ran in the October 3, 1994 edition of the New Republic written by Anne Louise Bardach (pp. 20-25).
On November 18, 1994, Mr. Mas Canosa filed suit in Dade Circuit Court in Miami, naming the New Republic and Bardach as defendants and alleging he was repeatedly libeled in the October 3 article (The Miami Herald, November 19, 1994, p. 1-B).
The Miami Herald reported nearly two years later, in its issue of September 17, 1996 (p. 1B) that Jorge Mas Canosa and The New Republic magazine had announced a settlement in their libel case:
Under the terms, The New Republic apologized to Mas for calling him a "mobster" on the cover and in a headline of its Oct. 3, 1994 issue. The magazine, a Washington, D.C.-based journal of political opinion, also agreed to pay $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund in journalism and political science through the Cuban American National Foundation. The magazine is also running a correction and a strongly worded apology in an upcoming issue.
In its issue of October 14, 1996 (p. 8), the editors of the New Republic published the following text in its “Notebook” section: CORRECTION: On October 3, 1994, The New Republic published a two-part cover story dealing with Cuba. The second of those articles appeared under the cover page title of "Clinton's Miami Mobster" and was about Cuban exile leader Jorge Mas Canosa. The use of the word "mobster" was the sole responsibility of The New Republic and not the author. The New Republic did not intend to imply that Mr. Mas has been involved in any criminal activity. The New Republic did not intend to accuse Mr. Mas of being in any way connected to, or engaged in, criminal activity of any kind, nor was its use of the word based on any evidence of criminal activity on Mr. Mas' part. Nothing in the article by Ann Louise Bardach stated or should be interpreted as stating or suggesting that Mr. Mas was involved in criminal activity. The New Republic regrets any injury or embarrassment that may have been caused to Mr. Mas or his family. Although we regret our wording of the title, which was chosen without the participation of the author, Ann Louise Bardach, The New Republic stands fully behind the article itself. Nothing in the thought-provoking article, which addresses America's Cuba policy and the political influence of elements of the Cuban exile community in Miami, requires clarification, correction or apology as nothing in it has been proven false or libelous. Ms. Bardach, who is a Contributing Editor of Vanity Fair and winner of the 1995 PEN West Award for Journalism, will be dismissed from the libel lawsuit independent of The New Republic's settlement.
- Created: 1979-1996
- Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2009
- The New Republic (Magazine : New York, N.Y.) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
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Conditions Governing Use
Copyright is held by Florida International University
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Anne Louise Bardach contacted Lisandro Pérez, then Director of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University to inquire if the CRI or the FIU Library would be interested in receiving the materials that the New Republic’s legal firm had collected on Mr. Mas Canosa in preparation for the magazine’s defense. The original communication from Ms. Bardach to Dr. Pérez was probably a phone call or perhaps an e-mail. If it was the latter, it is not preserved. There is therefore no written record of the communication. Dr. Pérez recalls, however, that in that communication Ms. Bardach indicated that the law firm was eager to dispose of the collection as quickly as possible because they suspected that some of its contents had been, or were being, surreptitiously withdrawn and that they could not hold the materials indefinitely in a secure location. Furthermore, she indicated that multiple copies of the collection had been made and the intent was to send those copies to different academic institutions so as to assure the survival of the collection. Dr. Pérez does not know if indeed multiple copies were made, and if so, where else they may have been sent. Dr. Pérez agreed to accept the collection and not long thereafter several boxes from the law firm arrived addressed to him at the CRI. After a cursory examination of their contents, the boxes were placed in a locked file cabinet at the CRI where they remained for several years. Shortly after Dr. Damián Fernández, Dr. Pérez’s successor as CRI Director, left FIU in 2008 and the CRI was left without a Director, Dr. Pérez arranged for the boxes to be transferred to the control of Special Collections in the Green Library, where they were received by Director Althea V. Silvera.
Source of Acquisition
Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University
Method of Acquisition
- The New Republic/Jorge Mas Canosa Collection
- Dr. Lisandro Pérez and Annia Gonzalez
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