This new-found indignation mainly serves to draw attention to the paper's own complicity for the Marlins' stadium deal that will cost billions over the lifetime of the underlying debt. The deal will also deliver an enormous windfall for the Marlins' owner, Jeffrey Loria, when he decides to flip the team to new owners.
During the latest change in the paper's position on the Marlins, we pointed out (along with fellow blogger Bill Cooke at Random Pixels http://randompixels.blogspot.com/2012/11/did-miami-herald-aid-jeffrey-loria-in.html), the tracks of the Herald's past, full-throated support for the stadium deal.
Herald executives are inclined to attribute the paper's dwindling readership to the proliferation of no-cost, internet-based sources of news, but it occurs this Sunday morning that its readers are as turned off by the newspaper as baseball fans are, of the Marlins.
The Herald's best work is tied to investigative reports that bloggers cannot perform (or might, if they were paid). It opens one's eyes, can lead to Pulitzers, and trigger change. But too often, the Herald seems to disdain its readership or paper over readers' complaints, just like the Marlins.
The newspaper's underlying financial difficulty, through which reporters and staff have been both cut to the bone and required to take monthly "furloughs", provide a convenient excuse for the newspaper's owners and executives; as if to say, their memories are as short as their readers'. Take the failed reportage of the US Century Bank fiasco, for example: a story of insider-dealing that cuts to the heart of the Miami power structure including the big downtown law firms that have mightily profited by wrecking our quality of life, plowing subdivisions into cheap farmland and wetlands. Or the front page story trumpeting an outlier public opinion poll by Mason Dixon that had Romney up by five points when a simple Google search would have turned up the real story. (Read the NY Times 538 Blog analysis of public opinion polls during the election, here.)
Selling the consumer short puts the Herald on the same side of the ledger as the Miami Marlins. We can't solve that problem, but we hope the Herald does.