This is in response to your editorial (March 23), "Sham: Shame!"
The Radio Marti interview with President Reagan was not misrepresented in any way. It was introduced as follows:
"The Radio Marti Program presents a special interview. In view of the situation in Nicaragua, Radio Marti asked for an interview with the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, about this topic and others of interest to our listeners in Cuba. Now, the interview given to the director of the Radio Marti Program:"
The purpose of this interview was to provide an accurate, authoritative statement of U.S. policy on a number of topics of interest to listeners in Cuba. It was not the sort of interview that should be spontaneous or "off the cuff," and there was no attempt to make it appear so.
The interview was in keeping with Voice of America's standards and that portion of the Voice of America charter, which states that "Voice of America will represent the policies of the United States clearly and effectively."