The Miami Herald has never hidden its disdain for conservatives in South Florida and by extension, Cuban Americans. Likewise, reporter Fabiola Santiago has never hidden her contempt for fellow Cuban Americans because the majority vote Republican.
Since the election of Trump, Santiago has railed against conservative Cuban Americans, calling them racist and traitors to the Hispanic community because they don’t adopt or support the progressive agenda of the left. So it was not much of a surprise when she published a tweet hoping conservative voters in Florida get infected with coronavirus and die:
This loathsome and hateful comment is par for the course for Santiago and The Miami Herald. The paper has spent decades attacking South Florida’s Cuban Americans and conservative voters calling them idiots and racists driven by hatred. And then the Herald wonders why their subscriptions in South Florida continue to drop.
Of course, Santiago ended up deleting her tweet. But as the old saying goes, the internet is forever.
In a later tweet, Santiago claimed her initial tweet did not communicate the true message she wanted to convey of continuing extreme social distancing policies in Florida. It seems she wants us to believe wishing conservative GOP voters to be infected with coronavirus and die doesn’t mean she wishes harm upon them. As if her original tweet wasn’t insulting enough, her assumption that everyone is dumb enough to believe she just used some unfortunate wording is just as insulting.
To be fair, the Miami Herald has some really good journalists on staff. But as Fabiola Santiago shows us, they have some awful ones as well. Combined with a leadership that has spent decades attacking and heaping derision on the Cuban American community, it explains why few people in South Florida believe or read The Miami Herald.