Sunday, December 21, 2008

Joanie returns to her old form!

A great big Random Pixels "atta girl" goes to Joan Fleischman for breaking the news in this morning's paper that Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Alvarez's son, Carlos A. Alvarez Jr., is free after doing a hard 13½ years in stir for rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, and lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16.

It was vintage Joan Fleischman.

Joan scooped everyone reporting that young Carlos has been out since Oct. 1.

She left the rest of Miami's media in the dust. They either dropped the ball on the story on have chosen not to report it. And if there's been a conspiratorial cone of silence among the Miami media decision makers in not reporting Carlos Jr.'s release, Joan evidently didn't get the memo.

If any of the local TV news outlets have reported the story of Alvarez's release there's no evidence on their websites.

It wouldn't be the first time that the news media in Miami have given Mayor Alvarez a free pass. Rebecca Wakefield reported back in Oct. 2006 that local journalists chose not to report Carlos Jr.'s troubles for fear that Alvarez Sr.'s opponents would use it against him.

Three years ago Miami New Times editor Chuck Strouse penned a piece that documented some of the misdeeds of the progeny of Miami's top movers and shakers. No surprise that Carlos Jr., who according to Strouse is a scary 6-4 and 300 pounds, made the list.

Joan took a buyout from the Herald back in October at around the same time of Carlos Jr.'s release and now freelances for the paper.

But that doesn't mean she's been lazy or that her phone has stopped ringing.

Joan concludes her report by writing that Carlos Jr. "could not be reached for comment."

Maybe she - or some of Miami's media - could check under the bridge.

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