Only in Miami does the "newspaper of record" go out of its way to exonerate and explain away the Mayor's lies.
The Miami Herald, and reporter Chuck Rabin, should be ashamed of themselves for losing all journalistic principles, having left them at the door of the bank on their way to cash the massive check from the billboard industry.
Last year, when this blog uncovered the massive Giant LED billboard deception and when we called for the removal of Chief Exposito during the Summer of Violence, the Miami Herald was late to the game, remaining silent until they were prepared to explain the Mayor's position.
When the Mayor hired the most unqualified City Manager in decades, the Herald didn't miss a beat, excusing the actions calling Mr. Crapp Jr. a "people person."
The excuses continue.
Let us be very clear: we do not care whether Tommy Jr. was or was not the executive producer of the "predator" video. That is not the point.
The point is that when asked, the mayor plainly stated:
"He has nothing to do with that film, he is not the executive producer..."
After that statement, the picture above emerges, with Tommy Jr.s name as "executive producer" and we learn that the "non-involvement" means that:
"The idea for a TV series came up a year ago in a conversation between Moreno and his friend, Tommy Regalado, the mayor's son. Regalado then introduced Moreno to Miami police brass."Tommy was involved, and then not involved.
A very simple statement from the Mayor should have read how his son was involved, was given credit as executive producer as a gesture from the real producers, but after realizing the conflict, backed away.
That explanation makes sense and would have ended the controversy.
But that is very different from standing in front of the City Commission and saying that Tommy Jr. "has nothing to do with that film, he is not the executive producer..."
And of course the Herald stays silent until they are given the exculpatory emails from the Mayor's office.
Mayor Regalado has a very long history in the City of Miami of having it both ways, with the Miami Herald and Chuck Rabin being willing participants in his lies.
What's sadder than the Herald's acquiescence in Regalado's lies are the utter failure to hold him accountable for a City where poverty remains high, unemployment is at double digits, and the economy stagnant.
It used to be the Herald cared about such issues, now all they care about is protecting one of their own.