The Miami Whore-ald

Used to be, every once in a while, I’d find a Miami Herald weekend paper on my lawn. Now, I don’t subscribe to the herald, and thus, at first, it was rather odd that I’d be getting a Sunday paper for free. And the only difference from my free Sunday Herald – bear with me, I have to make an assumption here because there are no homes in my neighborhood who actually pay to get the Herald – and those who subscribe for Sunday delivery is the plastic bag. I believe it’s a clear bag for paid subs and a colored one – yellow, orange, blue – for the freebies.

I remember asking myself why the hell would the Miami Herald be delivering free newspapers on a Sunday? Surely, it couldn’t be that the Herald felt a free “trial” of their product would be good for sales. I believe that’s a no-brainer: if you have a good product, it pretty much sells itself. This is the Miami herald, we’re talking about after all, folks.

It didnt take long for me to guess the reason the Herald was being so magnanimous, tho: money.

Apparently, those full color store ads that pack the Sunday edition have some sort of circulation requirement and apparently, when the Herald is forced to give away free papers, it’s because they havent met that circulation requirement for their advertisers. I may be wrong, of course, but I highly doubt it. This is the Miami herald we’re talking about, after all, folks.

Last Sunday, since Dad’s been under the weather, he asked me to go pick up a Nuevo Herald for him to fight the boredom of being almost bed-ridden. No sweat, I figured, I’d drive the 3 blocks to his local bodega and pick it up for him.

No such luck when I got there. “We don’t carry the Herald” was the bodegueros response. I ended up going to 5 different places – bodegas, convenience stores and gas stations – to finally find Dad’s Sunday Nuevo Herald.

This, of course, in the very heart of Little Havana.

It’s not surprising, however. The Miami Herald has constantly and consistently burned a lot of bridges in the community it is supposed to serve. Remember, just as a quick example, “chihuahuas?” And of course, the former-leftist-castroite-elite-intellectual-journalists-du-jour they’re fond of hiring and keeping around and regaling us all with editorial upon editorial on why we Cubans in Miami are nothing but reactionary, right-wing, intransigent, knee jerking hard liners.

And I’ll only mention that I pray – PRAY – for that one editorial telling us all how right it was to send Elian back to the island and how the Miami Herald Editorial board – and the newsroom’s in general – were soooooo right in their insistence that he should be sent back. There’s literally oodles of evidence and plenty of witnesses to the hanky panky that went on in the newsroom with the truth back then. Not to mention the shenanigans in the editorial boardroom to back them up.

Then, of course, are the endorsements of candidates like Joe Garcia whom, supposedly, has been a shoe in for what, six different elections now, according to the Herald? Boy, that generational ideological shift sure has been taking a long time, no? Slower than molasses, that. But hey, there’s another election happening soon, maybe this time – just maybe – that shoe-in, liberal, Herald endorsed candidate will lose by a smaller margin. (Friendly wager, tho: I’ll bet a day’s pay the Miami Herald ends up endorsing Carlos Gimenez in the Dade County Mayoral election over Julio Robaina – if they havent done so yet. Gimenez has backing and endorsements from the likes of Joe Arriola and Carlos Saladrigas – and, of course, to the Herald, those guys are Gods! Put up or shut up.)

I digress, I suppose. And I suppose I also shouldnt get upset with Miami Herald reportage as seen in the Rob “I aint selling pussy, only renting it, kinda sorta” Sequin piece Alberto posted on today. But I just can’t help but get angry.

For three days last month I had to put up with the Miami Herald shoving their hypocrisy up my ass at Cuba Nostalgia. There right across from us, with their incredibly selective displays of Bay of Pigs coverage and old photos, hosting the honorable Brigadistas, trying to sell fucking newspapers, telling us to our faces it loves the community while spending the remaining 362 days of the year shitting on us. And then, adding insult to injury, having the audacity to ask the Nostalgia people if the Herald could publish the beautiful and excellent editorial Carlos Eire wrote on Cuba Nostalgia for Babalu Blog – for you guys, reading this – without even having the decency to contact either myself or Alberto directly.

Sorry for the profanity laden rant, folks. But the Miami Herald can kiss my free Cuban ass.

14 thoughts on “The Miami Whore-ald”

  1. This:

    And then, adding insult to injury, having the audacity to ask the Nostalgia people if the Herald could publish the beautiful and excellent editorial Carlos Eire wrote on Cuba Nostalgia for Babalu Blog – for you guys, reading this – without even having the decency to contact either myself or Alberto directly.

    Is the reason why Old Media is in decline. It is as clear as gin: old media JUST DOESN’T GET IT.

    They still think they are the information gatekeepers and we, lowly subhuman bloggers, are merely serfs, indentured servants, that have to do as they say because they are A BIG METROPOLITAN NEWSPAPER. Ooohhhh, we’re so impressed. Well, FTS.

    A simple, courteous request could have been made of us to give them Carlos’ piece for publication, under the condition, of course, that not a single fucking comma, period, or word was changed. Then, we would have asked the author whether he wanted it published in the local, ahem, newspaper of record. Simple courtesy, yes? But no. They just don’t get it. They never will. They would rather ignore us than even acknowledge our existence.

    It is the height of arrogance (or just plain stupidity) to go the organizers of an event THAT HAS NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH WHAT WE PUBLISH and ask them for permission to republish a piece about that event! Who was the rocket-scientist who decided this? Was it assigned to someone to do? It’s truly mind-blowing, folks. This is why this newspaper is held with disregard in this community. They DO NOT respect us. Period.

  2. Simple question: did the M. Herald people deign to ask the AUTHOR of the article (who presumably owns the “copyright”) for his permission to print it? This is the normal procedure, especially in the case of a National Book Award Winner. How did The Nostalgia people (as selfless and decent as I hear they are in this worthy cause) acquire the copyright over and above publisher Babalu blog and the author himself?

    Unreal

  3. Exactly. But regardless your excellent point, Humberto, WE published the piece with the author’s permission! They DID NOT ask him; they did not ask us. They asked (the wonderful) folks at Cuba Nostalgia who have nothing to do with the publication. At minimum, it shows an amazing ignorance of even the most basic rules of the road of publishing! And they are the NEWSPAPER OF RECORD down here? Bah.

  4. I didn’t know Cuba Nostalgia had nothing to do with babalu. I thought it was your baby since so many of you were there and had booths there.

    I don’t get the Philadelphia Inquirer either, for similar reasons. And I just love it when my liberal friends think I am uninformed because I don’t read that propaganda rag. It is they who are limited in their knowledge and understanding.

  5. Val I believe you’re correct regarding the free newspapers given out to pad the circulation numbers.
    This happens in Canada too. In particular in restaurants / cafes where the readership can be inflated greatly.

  6. Wait, did you really expect them to ask Babalu for a favor? Yes, it was lame, improper and stupid to go to the Nostalgia staff, but they must have figured it was worth a shot. It is indeed galling that they set up camp at Cuba Nostalgia in the first place, but it’s not like they care how non-PC Cubans feel, and maybe they get some mileage out of being there, and it’s an easy enough way to appear exile-friendly, however falsely. I completely cut both Heralds out of my life years ago, which is completely feasible, just like cutting out TV. It’s simply a matter of abandoning a bad habit, and when it comes to rejecting the Herald, it’s a matter of self-respect and dignity, meaning ours.

    • “Hello.”

      “Hey Val, it’s Fulano de Tal here at the Herald. How are you?”

      “Fine. What can I do for you?”

      “We’re interested in publishing Carlos Eire’s Cuba Nostalgia piece in the Op-Ed section of the Herald. Can you please contact him for us and ask him if he’ll consider? Thanks.”

      Tell me: is that so fucking difficult?

  7. George, maybe it’s simply bad judgment, or ineptitude, or whoever did it thought it’d be easier (or less distasteful) to go around Babalu. We’re not talking about an exemplary journalistic outfit here, now are we? They survive, so far, because a lot of people still want to go through a daily local newspaper, and the Heralds have essentially no competition. Besides, this is just a minor faux pas; they can do much worse, and have, and will again.

  8. Does anyone remember the article about Cuba Nostalgia the Herald published a few years ago written by one of their reporters (I forget HER name) who had nothing but bad things to say about the event?
    Reprinting that article alongside Prof. Eire’s would be most entertaining.

  9. Yes Omar, that was that ass wipe Cara de Caballo (I forgot her name), the one that keep dumping on her own in her articles (like typical Cubana arrepentida) on every opportunity she had.

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