On Friday, Kendall and Gwendolyn Myers, who spied for Cuba, were
sentenced to prison terms (life for him, six years for her) by the
federal court in DC, an action which Washington Post reporter Spencer Hsu described as "a grim ending to the
Myerses' idealistic embrace of the Cuban revolution."
Flashback to a
of 2009 BiasAlert post
from when the couple was charged 13 months
ago, illustrating how the New York Times and Washington Post painted
the traitors as a lovable duo:
"She fell for his worldly sophistication" while he
"admired her work helping ordinary people," gushed a front page
Friday [June 19] New York Times story on Gwendolyn and Kendall Myers,
both charged with spying for communist Cuba for nearly 30 years.
Deciding "to give the second half of their lives new meaning," the
couple found themselves "disillusioned with the pace of change in
Washington" so they once moved to South Dakota, Times reporter Ginger
Thompson charmingly related, where "they marched for legalized
abortion, promoted solar energy, and repaired relations with six
children from previous marriages." How loveable.
The Times story arrived 12 days after a front page Washington Post
piece, "A Slow Burn Becomes a Raging Fire: Disdain for U.S. Policies May
Have Led to Alleged Spying for Cuba," in which reporters Mary Beth
Sheridan and Del Quentin Wilber managed, though the couple's betrayal of
their country (and the people of Cuba) started during the Carter
administration, to include a shot at former President George W. Bush as
the cap to a lead paragraph of, in the Weekly Standard's assessment , "Updikean
brushstrokes." To wit:
He was a courtly State Department intelligence
analyst from a prominent family who loved to sail and peruse the London
Review of Books. Occasionally, he would voice frustration with U.S.
policies, but to his liberal neighbors in Northwest D.C. it was
nothing out of the ordinary. "We were all appalled by the Bush
years," one said.