Miami Herald executive editor Anders Gyllenhaal has apparently only just just discovered that you have to bribe people in Haiti to get anything done.
This past weekend, a shocked Gyllenhaal revealed to his readers that efforts to get a shipment of computers, cameras and video equipment delivered to Haitian journalists were stymied by "months of battling bureaucracy and corruption."
It took more than two months of battling bureaucracy and corruption just to get the equipment into the country and in the hands of local reporters and editors trying to track the story of Haiti's recovery. At times, it looked like this simple gesture would be blocked by obstacles the Haiti government itself put up.You'd think that corruption in Haiti wouldn't exactly be a surprise to the editor of a major newspaper that's been reporting on Haiti for decades. Gyllenhaal is apparently just learning about this. Perhaps he hasn't figured out how to use Google.
Be sure to check MiamiHerald.com in coming weeks and months as Anders Gyllenhaal discovers that summers in Miami can be hot and rainy, Miami City Hall is corrupt, South Florida's expressways are clogged with cars at rush hour and that Cuba has been ruled a by a dictator for over 50 years!