Wednesday, January 12, 2011
TONY TO CITY WORKERS: SHUT THE FUCK UP!
Here is APM 11-01, Media Relations Policy
In a nutshell: unless you are Tony, or authorized by Tony, you have no business talking to the press.
Now don't think that this will have the effect of preventing leaks to the media. Like all other APMs, it will be used as a tool of retribution to go after the Mayor's enemies. Case in point is the APM prohibiting political campaigns on City time. Both Jose "Pepe" Fulgeira and Jose Marrero of the Mayor's staff violated the APM and were never reprimanded.
This APM is indicative of the bunker mentality that has besieged City Hall. Where "the cops" are following the Mayor. And the City Manager's number one concern is to silence any opposition of dissent.
We are anxious to see how this attack on the media is perceived by Regalado's buddy and lap dog Chuck Rabin and the rest of the folks at the Herald Ivory Billboard Tower.
Miami City Manager Clamps Down on Reporter's Access
versus the earlier
New Policy Bans Most Miami Employees From Talking to Reporters.
The updated headline turns it into an attack on reporters, which it is.
Funny enough, "Regalado could not be reached on Wednesday for comment on the new policy."
Must be blue plate special night at the old folks home.
NBC 6 was even better, running this photo:
Moment of Silence: Miami Employees Banned From Talking to Media
"As far as who can communicate with the media, that number has shrunk from pretty much every employee with an opinion to just Crapp and his staff, and the designated public information officers for the Police and Fire departments."
So much for Regalado's promise of "transparency" and "accountability."
Maybe finally Chuck and the rest of Miami Media will start to realize what an asshole Regalado is.
What is more chilling is that reporters are traditionally assigned to shine a light on the inner workings of public officials, to shed a light so that taxpayers may make informed decision, the press honors its role of holding elected officials accountable.
These actions will make that job that much harder.