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Sunday, April 10, 2011

So, did you FINALLY hear about the South Florida-based non-profit that gave their boss a $150k salary boost? Didn't think so...

So, did you FINALLY hear about the South Florida-based non-profit that gave their boss a $150k salary increase?

Probably not, given the sad and pathetic current state of local news reporting in South Florida, both print and electronic, where "stories" about diets, liposuction and women intentionally keeping their hair grey -CBS-4- is what passes for "news" here, to the exclusion of so much else that people WANT to know about.


Well, if you're in that 99.99% demographic of South Florida that doesn't already know what I'm referring to, you will learn some details on Monday or Tuesday.

Right here at your humble blog.
No photos, though -yet.


But I should mention while I have your attention that there's a local South Florida mayor who already knows all about this salary move, as well they should, since they were in a position to say or do something about it beforehand.


How shocked will you be when I tell that the mayor seems to be... well, perfectly fine with it?

Despite the fact that -shocker- volunteers do most of the heavy-lifting, not the salaried staff.


Me, I'm thinking that once you see some of the details laid out for you here for yourself -since there has been ZERO original South Florida-based reporting on this story- some of you out there in the blogosphere who come here fairly regularly might have some questions.

A few questions to say the least!

And those of you who actually call yourself reporters on your business cards -some of which I have in my wallet- might want to consider the larger issue of:

a.) the appropriateness of that kind of a salary move at a non-profit, and,

b.) why your bosses and colleagues -
the news editors, producers and news directors- have gone SO FAR out of their way to make sure that this story is NOT REPORTED.

Is it sheer old-fashioned South Florida news media laziness, a longstanding crippling disease hereabouts, or, are they just afraid to offend some well-known people with power, or burn any of the 'reliable sources' they regularly contact to verify other stories for soundness/veracity?
Hmm-m...

Yes, sometimes the media dog that doesn't -or won't- bark is the real news story.

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For more on "Why media dogs don't bark?" see this 2008 post from John Naughton's Online Diary, Memex 1.1:
http://memex.naughtons.org/archives/2008/12/29/6026

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