Friday, December 09, 2011

Miami Herald ... the good, the bad and the ugly

Three stories posted in the past few days on the Miami Herald's website highlight the state of the paper these days...

The good: In today's paper, the Herald's Carol Marbin Miller and Diana Moskovitz reveal another chapter in the heart-wrenching story of Nubia and Victor Barahona.

Miller and Moskovitz report on "The grim tale of Laura and Julio Barahona’s futile efforts to find a savior for their niece and nephew ... contained in hundreds of pages of police reports and interviews released to the Miami Herald Thursday by Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle."

This is old-fashioned, no-punches pulled reporting which local TV stations will no doubt seize upon today and report without crediting the Herald.

The bad: A Miami Herald editor who shall remain unnamed, posts a link Thursday on Facebook to a story about a worker who was fired from the Whole Foods Market on Miami Beach after complaining about raw sewage in the store, and who has now filed suit in federal court.

When I point out that the story is two years old and was first reported by New Times when it happened, the editor responds by saying "The case was filed in federal court this week."

Oh, okay, I see...raw sewage floods an upscale supermarket but it's not a story until a lawsuit is filed two years later. WTF?

The ugly: A misspelled headline on the paper's website goes uncorrected for more than 24 hours, proving that no one at the paper bothers to read stuff once it's posted.

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