The stamp was issued on Monday, October 9, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Beret Boy getting a definitive taste of his own medicine. The fact it would be issued may well have been announced before that date (according to the Irish Ministry of Communications, the design for the stamp was approved by the Dublin government back in 2015).
Evidently, at least somebody in Miami, Ninoska Pérez Castellón, found out immediately–the Irish Times story with her reaction to this outrage is dated October 9, and that story was linked on this blog the next day, October 10. The Broward County Sun-Sentinel was a little slow to pick up the story, which it ran on October 11.
So what about the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald?
As I write today, October 12, I can find no coverage of this story in either Miami paper, which strikes me as exceedingly, uh, curious. One assumes the Herald people are aware of the matter, which happens to be their job, and regardless of how they feel about it, there’s unquestionably a very interested market for it in South Florida.
So what gives? Passive-aggressive behavior? Lassitude? Boredom? Inquiring minds want to know.
So today, Friday, October 13, El Nuevo Herald finally runs a bland little AFP story on the damn stamp, which chiefly says it’s selling like hotcakes in Ireland, and completely ignores any response by “those people.” Oh, yeah, like I’m ever going to spend a penny on this worse-than-useless rag. Lord have mercy.
AFP, by the way, stands for Agence France-Presse, which is based in Paris and is the third largest news agency in the world after the AP and Reuters. Apparently, the Nuevo Herald people couldn’t be bothered to generate their own story, and of course what readers in South Florida want is the French or European take on this matter. Absolutely unbelievable. Or not–and there’s the rub.