Manny Diaz was still in office, and no matter what The Herald wrote about him, every single story contained a quote from the "opposition" Commissioner Tomas Regalado.
Commissioner Tomas Regalado ran his mayoral campaign, not based on ideas or principles, but as the "anti-Manny," a position and moniker Chuck Rabin and the Miami Herald quickly latched onto.
Now fast forward, and with today's piece of drivel "news" story, the Miami Herald has proven once again that they are nothing more than Mayor Regalado's press office.
Where are the opposing views in ANY of the Miami Herald's reporting on Mayor Regalado?
Is there not a single person who disagrees with the Mayor in all of Miami?
Does anyone remember when the Herald would call on their cast of characters: Grace Solares, Elvis Cruz, Steve Hagen, and ethics expert Professor Anthony Alfieri?
Today's story is so biased it could have been written by any member of the Mayor's Press staff.
Here are some more examples:
- The Herald article on Tony Crapp Jr.'s salary makes no attempt to compare his $197,000 salary to similarly sized cities, or to the private sector. The wisdom of an $800 car allowance and $200 phone allowance is never questioned. The mayor's assertion that this is "a lean compensation package" is never challenged.
- The Herald ran a reprint of a red light camera story from the Palm Beach Post, where an overwhelming majority of those ticketed are having their suits dismissed. The Herald never questioned the $8 million in expected budget revenues to the City from a program that is already in trouble in other parts of the state. The Herald has also never asked how much compensation Lobbyist Armando Gutierrez received for his involvement in the red light camera procurement.
Now, just think of all the stories that have been featured here, on Miami for Change, Investigation Miami, and the Crespo Gram Report.
- The Herald has forgotten about Pieter Bockweg and the C.R.A., who on Monday will try to reinstate all of the supposed salary cuts and perks he expects as executive director of said agency for himself, and the two former Sarnoff staffers.
Could the Herald not find the time to further investigate any of them?
And think about why it is that local bloggers beat the Herald to major news stories, only to have the Herald article appear days later, peppered with quotes, explanations, and excuses from the Mayor.
The citizens of Miami deserve and demand that our local newspaper maintain the mayor accountable, not just act as his mouthpiece.