Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Executive Editor with Too Many Vowels in his Name. By Geniusofdespair

Anders Glyllenhaal wrote about blogs today. The Miami Herald is now going to have a blog listing. He said the Herald had a group of the most active bloggers in South Florida at the paper to critique the guide. Hmmm.

When Channel 4 had a meeting of active South Florida bloggers, we were included and they even bought us a delicious catered lunch, from Subway. The Herald did not invite us to their meeting. Is Eye on Miami too critical of the Miami Herald? Leaving us out would be like us leaving out Natacha Seijas in a list of County Commissioners. You might think we are prickly Mr. Glyllenhaal but, HELLO, we are here in Miami right under your nose. Other blogger have responded so I want to add this postscript for them: I put our blog on their list, that is why we are showing up at the Herald site. They didn't.

However, the snub was not just for the meeting. A major article was written by Tamara Lush which the Herald printed. Eye on Miami figured prominently in the article as we had been writing about the impending housing crash and foreclosures long before the Herald. The only thing the Herald left out of the LUSH article: All references to Eye on Miami!! We aren't paranoid, we are realists.


Anonymous said...

Slanting the news is one of the reasons the Miami Herald is losing credability and readership. Eye on Miami is one of the most sucessful and widely read blogs in the community, but is somehow not in the blog reporting from the Herald.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes (you have to ask) Y.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the first comment but sometimes this blog (the writers) come off as whiners.

Geniusofdespair said...

Yep. Whiners. We have a lot to whine about.

Anonymous said...

"Presenting a guide to hundreds of South Florida blogs" is what Mr. Gyllenhaal writes on the 2nd page of the Opinion Section. But if you look there, the section clearly isn't ready for prime time. "Here's what is exciting about this," said Rick Hirsch, The Herald's senior editor for multimedia, "There are all these voices out there writing on just about everything. We realized there was a role we could play that presents this to people in a new way."

Well, why advertise that you're playing a role, when there is nothing there? You could ask the same question of the newspaper.

"This is still beta form," said online editor Shelley Acoca, who watched over this project. "We're going to be tweaking things as we go along."

I think it is very odd that the Executive Editor would boast about a feature on the paper's internet site that doesn't even exist. Score one, for Eyeonmiami.

C.L.J. said...

I'm out in the cold with you. The South Florida Theatre Scene is the most active performing arts blog in the region, but I've been critical of the Herald. Oh, well.

Anonymous said...

It's the Pravda of the Chamber of Commerce. What did you expect?

Rick said...

Folks, let me add a little bit of light to this issue that I think you, quite frankly, might be making a mountain out of a molehill.

The Herald folks behind this directory contacted me approximately 2 weeks or so before the anticipated meeting and asked me for suggestions on who should be invited to the meeting. Keep in mind that they had spent a year working on this and were primarily looking for some suggestions on the final work product.

I gave them a fairly short list of blogs, some of whom were invited, some of whom either weren't or couldn't make it. Some of the bloggers that showed weren't even on the list that I provided. Straight up, I totally missed EoM in my list. So I guess you can blame me, although it looks like the Herald was also working off their own list, which is obviously their right.

Personally, I'm happy about this directory and I think it's a good thing. Whether you were included or not in the development or the review of the beta...big deal. We have ourselves a blog directory in the Herald and that's something to be happy about.


Say Hoss! said...

That figures. I wouldn't expect more from the newspaper that has failed to expose a huge number of fraudulent activities by our county commissioners, lobbyists, city commissions, etc. for decades. I have the opinion that so much corruption goes on down here because of the Herald's failure to employ enough investigative reporters to root out the crime. If readers can't even criticize the evil witch Seijas by name in comments under the Herald's online articles then you know who is wagging the Herald's tail.

Anonymous said...

They spent a year working on that!? That's a story of itself!!


Bill said...

I think you're reading way to much into the fact that you weren't invited.

Shelley sent numerous emails to many bloggers asking them if they would be interested in attending.

She sent me one and asked me if I could recommend other bloggers. I know she also asked other bloggers for recommendations. So perhaps you weren't invited because no one recommended you. Who knows.

As far as you not being invited because you are too critical of the Herald? That's BS!

There's no blog in Miami more critical of the Herald than my blog. And I was invited!

So much for your conspiracy theories.

youbetcha' said...

Well, gee.

I guess will have to go sit in a corner and suffer.

Sorry if someone thinks we whine. However, I think I see life as pragmatic with a glass of wine in hand (explains the typos) and there is no cheese with it.

Miami would have grown-up differently if the Miami Herald had continued to grow-up into a real investigative powerhouse. It takes a real investigative newspaper whose owners are ballsy enough to take on the establishment to help keep government and bad guys on their toes. (And no, before you ask, not all bad guys are in the government)

In fact, when you read the paper lately you get more Broward news than Miami news. I guess we should be grateful that they aren't focusing on the trash in Miami - why hurt our tourism?

Seriously, though, a newspaper can be an amazing element of change, a real motivator for growth or healing or righteous behavior. Yet if a newspaper does not take up the challenge to be that element of change and sells out to the power mongers, the battle for a better community is weakened before it even gets started.

If the Herald had stuck with investigative reporting, the community would have stuck with the Herald. However, the paper's owners lost their way in the valley of special interests leaving the people of Miami-Dade County looking to blogs for information on how their government and community is functioning.

We don't blog to fill pages, we blog to fill the holes in people's daily lives.

Anonymous said...

The Herald deserves to be facing bankruptcy. They miss so many stories.

Imagine a Miami that had a great local paper that regularly exposed every corrupt deal and every stupid decision.

The Herald is an advocate for the $2 billion plus Marlins Stadium scam. Typical waste of taxpayer money. Think the Marlins paid for that editorial with advertising?

Anonymous said...

Were you aiming for irony with this stuff? If so, you hit a homerun... As far as I can tell, blogging is basically deconstructing the MSM's work product and complaining about what they did or didn't do. Now you've really upped the ante, complaining about the Herald's invitation list! Reminds me of my kid crying about not being invited to little Timmy's birthday party. But he got over it in time. I hope you do too.

Geniusofdespair said...

Thank you Bill and Rick for your INSIDER insight. I don't think the Herald needed anyone to tell them that we are here.

The fact remains that Tamara Lush wrote a long piece about the foreclosures in Homestead a month or two ago. The Herald printed it -- the only thing cut was EYE ON MIAMI section where she acknowledged and gave credit to our reporting on the Forclosure/Housing crash before it took hold..

So this is not just this current instance...that was a very obvious deletion.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Hey, they ignored me too. Maybe Glenn Garvin had something to do with the selection?

Anonymous said...

The Herald is often accused of selling its editorials.