Sunday, November 25, 2012

Like the Marlins, the Miami Herald lost the trust of its subscribers ... by gimleteye

A story in the Sunday Miami Herald polls Marlins' fans and notes the deep mistrust and sense of outrage, anger, and abandonment at the Miami Marlins.

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.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think the Herald has had two weeks chock full of Port stories like they did with the Marlin's not too long ago. I'm wondering when we look back five years from now at the excessive environmental damage impact to our waters with a minimal net revenue effect who are they going to blame? Loria will be long gone with Sampson. Burgess has his golden parachute forever at our expense.

And, let's not forget the total disregard for the US Century bail out of the decade and no one seems to care because so many people benefited who were insiders or county employees or politicians. I think it's safe to say look at anyone who received campaign contributions from Rasco, Pino & the rest of the clowns this blog has tried to call out to deaf ears of prosecutors & the public.

These things make you really want to just use this particular newspaper, the Miami Herald, as lining for animal crates!

I may just waste paper to print out the pro port tax payer funded environmental wreckage so I won't have to subscribe when I try to find them in in the future. It will be the same story with different characters.

Miami is just a larger and more expensive version of Homestead whether it be the City or County! It's the same BS at taxpayers expense.

Rick said...

I think you're mixing apples and oranges here.

The Marlins truly abuse their fans and South Florida. Knowingly, willfully and without remorse.

The Herald, on the other hand, is a victim of their management's incompetence and failure to successfully transition to a digital model. Lost revenues have caused such a decimation within its ranks that it simply cannot produce the same content that it used to given the resources it now has to work with. Quality reporters have moved on or have been let go and the ones that are left are now busy just keeping their heads above water. Most of the content is produced by unknowns who are still thinking about the awesome Spring Break they had last year.

I hate to say they can't help but turn out a dumbed down product, but it's true. Sad thing is that a lot of their subscribers demand it. Monitor the "Most Viewed" stories (this morning it is "Hunting a man-eating croc in South Florida") and you'll catch my drift.

South Floridians gets what it deserves: from their politicians they vote for, from their baseball team owners that they buy tickets from and from its newspaper that it reads.



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Grayland said...

Rick, you made me look at the Herald! Yep, the Croc story is number one, with Jake Long & the Dolphins next, then I think is Loria worse than Fidel! Village Idiot is far too short of a title for some of or probably a larger pool of Herald readers, at least the digital version.

The irony of all of this where not only the blogger but the comments are in the column of everyone is right to the dismay of everyone who isn't an idiot and wants to barf at it all!

Anonymous said...

The port stories are so dumb and so devoid of reality they aren't even worth responding to in comments or letters to the editor. Regardless Of the environmental devastation the deep dredge project will bring to a particularly ecologically rich area Of Biscayne Bay- the state designated Sadowski Critical Wildlife Area- the Herald stories ignore global consensus among leading economists that Miami will NEVER be the transshipment center due Latin America, that post Panamax ships will NOT dock here fully loaded even on an Occasional basis. Regardless of the tunnel - another boondoggle- we don't have the massive infrastructure, markets, or geographic location (at the end of the Florida peninsula and continent) to make it work. The cost benefit analysis doesn't justify the project. But that doesn't mean anything here. Unanswered questions: how much money does the PortMiami lose each year, have any shipping lines signed any contracts to dick post panamax ships at PortMiami? Why not?

Bill said...

thanks for the mention but the link you provided to my blog post is incorrect.

Here's the correct link:

How the Miami Herald aided Jeffrey Loria in The Fleecing of Miami

Geniusofdespair said...

Bill I will fix the link thanks. Rick, I agree on the quality of Herald online readers - judging by the comments found on their articles. I am horrified by some of them.

Hector said...

I stopped reading the Herald when they endorsed that fraud Barack Obama.

Anonymous said...

"Most of the content is produced by unknowns who are still thinking about the awesome Spring Break they had last year."

LOL~!!

Anonymous said...

Lets continue to remind folks of the Miami and MDC politicians, managers and lobbyist’s that pushed the stadium deal and those fought against it. Where is the responsibility of Manny Diaz, Angel Gonzalez, Joe Sanchez, Michelle Spence-Jones, Carlos Alvarez, George Burgess and the rest? Where is the praise to Norman Braman for his gallant efforts to shed light on this betrayal of public trust and demand for a mandate by the voters? Judge Joyce Cohen had an opportunity to permit citizens the right to vote and she denied it. Let’s keep reminding folks why we are in this mess and hold those responsible accountable for this fiasco.

Maria said...

Most people stopped reading the Herald when it turned into a leftwing rag focused on gay issues under the leadership of gay rights activist CEO Kevin McClatchy. If you like gay blogs, you will love the Herald.

Anonymous said...

That is total bullshit. Anthony verdugo.

Rick said...

Hey Maria...that must of been after they endorsed Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate, right? That seems so 2010 to me. How 'bout you, dear?

Until they stop doing things like that and drop Glenn Garvin and Myriam Marquez, keep your claims of "liberal rag" to yourself because they're utter BS.


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Maria said...

I see left-wing federal government employee Rick chimed in with his typical nonsense. I would love to know how much of my taxes are being used for Rick to blog on government time.

Maria said...

Sorry I now admit I am the idiot. Ignore my last comment. Rick rocks.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the heralds decline accelerated when the company was mortgaged to the hilt by its new owners (ever higher leveraged buy out). There is no cure for that except bankruptcy and starting over. Sort of a la housing fiasco.
A sad story indeed.

Rick said...

Ha ha ha, Maria (or George or Bill or Howard or whomever)...I see you got nothing. As usual.


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Rick said...

Hey, Eye on Miami crew, any plans on putting time stamps on these comments?


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Geniusofdespair said...

No plans.

Anonymous said...

The Herald is best used to wrap mullet or to line the bottoms of bird cages. It has become the mouthpiece of the influential and the corrupt. It has lost its way and is ignored.

Geniusofdespair said...

Maria if you don't hot button your name anyone can use it. I have several David's, Maria's, etc.

Geniusofdespair said...

Maria-

We have a rule about personal vendettas in comments. You were on your own topic.