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The Five Worst Media Personalities In Miami

Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke ranks the least trustworthy names in local news.

Miami has a lot of

media personalities and journalists who are full of it. They use

their lofty positions to spread poorly thought-out opinions and don't

do any real reporting. You can't trust nearly anything they say or

write. Here's my list of the worst news reporters, columnists, talk

show hosts, and publishers:


5. Rachel Reeves
The chief executive of local black newspaper the Miami

Times is interested only in

making money. She doesn't care about doing quality journalism. When

I was running for county mayor last year, I found out the first story

is free. But a "second interview," I was later told, "would cost me."

4. Sid Rosenberg
The

640 AM sports talk radio host goes on the air to castrate athletes

who act stupid off the field. But when he gets busted for driving

under the influence after a night at the titty bar, it's all

hush-hush. He also has a history of making offensive remarks, like

saying that Venus and Serena Williams belong on the cover of National

Geographic and that the United

States women's soccer team is a "bunch of juiced-up dykes."

3. Fred Grimm
The

Herald's

metro columnist is a hypocrite. Last year, when I endorsed former

Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina over Carlos Gimenez in the county mayoral

race, Grimm wrote a column attacking me by bringing up my 20-year-old

arrest record and my raunchy lyrics with 2 Live Crew. But Grimm has

not written one word criticizing Gimenez for getting in bed with

Robaina and current Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. I'm still

waiting for a Grimm column slamming the Gimenez re-election

campaign's role in the latest absentee-ballot fraud scandal to

embarrass Miami-Dade County.

2. Barry Jackson
This

Miami

Herald sportswriter is an

all-star hack. He has misquoted me in stories about the University of

Miami football program. He will also take things out of context for a

juicy quote. I have cussed him out more than any other reporter

because he always gets it wrong.

1. Michael Putney
The

host of WPLG-TV's This

Week in South Florida uses his

show and a semimonthly column in the Miami

Herald to promote projects that

are bad for the community. For example, he advocated for Genting, the

company that wants to build a casino/resort on the site of the

current Herald

offices despite widespread opposition to the project. Oddly, he

sometimes opposes development in the African-American community. Last

year, he criticized Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones

because she tried to give grant money to small-business owners in

Liberty City to fix up their storefronts.

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