Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The horror of being a journalist at the Miami Herald … by gimleteye

I hope everyone read Marc Caputo's hard-hitting piece on U.S. Senator Marco Rubio. For POLITICO. Not the Miami Herald.

Caputo -- one of the paper's top political journalists -- slipped out of the Miami Herald a few months back. We often criticized his reporting, for having one (or two) hands tied behind his back. For example, on the issue of Marco Rubio and the incomplete record of his relationship with disgraced, former Congressman David Rivera -- and gal pal Ana Sol Alliegro -- if you were curious, you had to come to Eye On Miami because Herald publisher/s and editors treated Rubio with kid gloves.

Caputo is a good journalist, and what the POLITICO piece makes clear, is that hard-hitting journalism has no place at the Herald when it cuts too close to home. We've known that a long, long time but in case you have doubts, read Caputo's "Marco Rubio's House of Horrors" and ask yourself; why are Herald journalists kept chained to the stakes?

An excerpt:
The brick-fronted tract house with a satellite dish and a yellow fire hydrant in front looks like many middle-class homes in Florida’s capital, except for the two names on the deed.

Marco Rubio: U.S. senator and would-be presidential candidate.

David Rivera: Scandal-plagued former congressman under investigation in a federal campaign-finance probe.

In many ways, it has been a house of horrors for Rubio, a financial and political liability heading into the 2016 election.


Anonymous said...

Even with all that is done to keep things under cover, the truth has a way of coming out.

Anonymous said...

Shame on the Miami Herald! Not fit to be a fish wrapper.

Maria said...

I learned a few new details, but most of it I had read in previous Herald stories. Rubio's credit card abuse story never took off I suspect because there were several others involved and Greer was a more egregious offender.

Anonymous said...

granted the Herald blows but there is nothing here that I haven't read in the Herald. Perhaps they don't run this story every other week as I guess you want them to do but there is nothing new here for the local audience. it makes sense to write it for Politico since the national audience isn't aware. Caputo has always been a far reporter to say he is now unchained is absurd.