Never attempt to hoodwink

One of the cardinal principles of public relations is this: Never attempt to hoodwink the news media. Be forthright. Be honest. Otherwise you may find the tables turned on you.

I cannot vouch for you the following story about Fidel Castro, but whether it is true or not, it illustrates the point put forth above.

We’re told that Fidel Castro, hoping to counter stories of public unrest and dissatisfaction with the Cuban government, recently invited journalists from around the world to view conditions in Cuba.

“We’re one big happy family,” Castro told them.

To prove it, the journalists were invited to tour a school with the Cuban leader. At the school Castro engaged one of the pupils in conversation before a host of TV cameras and radio microphones.

“Who is your father?” Fidel asked the little girl.

“The great Fidel Castro,” she answered.

“Who is your mother?”

“The great country of Cuba.”

“You see!” a beaming Castro triumphantly declared to the crowd of journalists.

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” a voice from the crowd asked the little girl.

“An orphan,” she replied.

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One Response to Never attempt to hoodwink

  1. musingsofasingaporeretiree says:

    This sounds more like a joke to ridicule a communist country whose spirit the west could not break. In governance in these part of the world, the cardinal principle appears to be never speak the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth!
    If one were to ask CPF where and how does it invest our monies and what is the rate of return,you will know what I mean

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