UPDATE x1 below.
"Sources" were telling journalists at every South Florida news outlet the same thing: Miami police chief Miguel Exposito was to meet with Miami city manager Johnny Martinez next Tuesday where it was expected that Martinez would suspend Exposito.
Here's how the Miami Herald described the story's momentum: "All day Friday, local television, Internet blogs and newspapers posted online stories about Exposito’s anticipated termination, though there was no comment from the only person who can make the decision: City Manager Martinez."
And all day long South Florida journalists quoted their "sources."
From the Herald: "City Manager Johnny Martinez — the man who sources say may move to fire Exposito as early as Tuesday."
CBS4's Jim DeFede* reported: "Sources close to the chief say the chief expects to be suspended amid charges of insubordination."
WSVN: "Sources close to Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito have revealed that he expects to be suspended next week, Tuesday."
WPLG: "Sources say a move will be made to have Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito fired as early as Tuesday."
Miami New Times staffer Frank Alvarado thinks he knows who those "sources" are.
"I would find it hard to believe that their original source wasn't [blogger] Al Crespo," Alvarado told me Saturday.
While every South Florida journalist was breathlessly reporting what their "sources" were telling them about Exposito's impending suspension, not one bothered to mention that Crespo broke this news last Aug. 22 on his blog, Crespogram Report.
So we'll say what no one else will say: Congrats to Al Crespo on another scoop!
( *NOTE: Jim DeFede told me by phone Friday evening that he doesn't read Crespo's blog. )
UPDATE: A commenter points out that NBC Miami credited Crespo in reporting the story. "The news was first reported by blog thecrespogramreport.com, which said a specially convened city commission meeting would take place Thursday if Martinez fired Exposito."