I used to love Miami New Times. When I lived in Coconut Grove I knew where the paper was delivered on Wednesday and usually snagged a copy by early afternoon.
Since editor Jim Mullin's departure a few years ago, the paper has taken a turn for the worse. Just about all the good writers have left and the paper itself is an anemic, slimmed-down version of what it was years ago...In short, Chuck has done it all.
He's forgotten more about journalism than I'll ever know.
I was gonna let this one slide, but Bill didn't do
any research before posting his item like he usually does when he is knocking the Miami Herald. Granted I cringed at Chuck's post today, which is what Bill was ranting about. My boss
makes me cringe everyday. But Bill wants to correlate Chuck's throwaway,
pithy blog item with what Chuck gets from his writers.
since Jim Defede left, and the subsequent departure of long-time editor Jim
Mullin, I hear all sort of people bemoan that New Times is not what it
used to be. I say garbage. It may not be the same bylines, but the
edgy, gritty muck-raking spirit is still alive and kicking ass.
Obviously Bill hasn't bothered to read the great work that the
most recent additions to the paper have brought to the fore.
Obviously he hasn't read Natalie O'Neill's squatter story that everyone else in
town and CNN followed.
Obviously he hasn't read Gus
Garcia-Robert's excellent cover story about six Carol City high kids
who were killed months before their graduation and the deep emotional
scars their surviving friends, teachers, and family members have to
live with. It is a story that really captures the violent reality in
Miami-Dade's most dangerous zip code for teenagers.
Obviously Bill didn't read Tim Elfrink's recent piece on the closing of the Gitmo
prison camp, another yarn depicting what alternative newspapers do
best: tell a story with context and perspective.
And don't get me
one in town comes close there.
You don't have to take my word for it.
Press Association to find out about all the first place awards Miami
New Times staffers have won under Chuck's tenure.
Or maybe you want to
ask Lee Klein what it feels like to be a finalist for the International
Association of Culinary Professionals Bert Greene Awards. Better yet
talk to our web editor Jose Duran so he can tell you how our Internet
traffic has doubled since he started last year.
Sure, New Times has had
a lot of turnover in recent years, but in spite of that, Chuck has done
a fantastic job of getting his reporters to write award winning
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important, relevant work, stories that everyone else follows and
get into the real Miami-Dade County.
By smearing Chuck, Bill smears the excellent job the
staff he assembled is doing. But then again, when you get the haters talking about you, then you know you're doing something right.