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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Oops, they did it AGAIN! 25-day old Miami Herald story still #5 Breaking News story on Herald's Broward homepage. Congrats to Jay Ducassi!

Miami Herald vending machine in front of Denny's restaurant, Hallandale Beach, FL.
July 3, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.


October 9, 2011 screen grab at 8: 45 p.m. by South Beach Hoosier.

Examine the headline in the lower-left corner above on the Miami Herald's Broward homepage -the fifth of eight headline links: Blackout of Miami Dolphins game averted.
(I have the entire article at bottom.)

October 9, 2011 screen grab at 8: 45 p.m. by South Beach Hoosier.
Blackout of Miami Dolphins game averted
The problem?
It was news on September 15th, not so much 25 days later, and is certainly NOT Breaking News NOW.
Well, at least it wouldn't considered as such at most reputable newspapers in this country, much less, ones of the Herald's purported circulation size.

But once again, the Herald is replicating the very problem I highlighted a few months ago in three separate blog posts.

In May, they notably ran a month-old political story about Donald Trump and had that listed on their Breaking News page FOUR WEEKS later, even after he'd already announced he wouldn't be running for president.
Sometimes, the Herald listed that Trump story as among the top-three Breaking News stories in South Florida.
Really.

See my three blog posts to refresh your memory on that reality check on the Herald's continuing bad judgment in peddling old stories as new or recent ones:

a.) May 16, 2011 Answer: It's about Donald Trump. Question: Why is a month-old story still on Miami Herald's Broward homepage under 'Breaking News'? Blame Jay Ducassi

b.) May 18, 2011 Donald Trump Redux is further proof of the Miami Herald's gross incompetency and fundamentally-flawed idea of (and coverage of) Broward County in 2011.

c.) July 21, 2011 Miami Herald grave robbers at it again! Herald's threadbare Broward homepage runs 15-day old story as Breaking News to fill-up space!

How does something that stupid happen?
And then happen again? And again?

Ask Jay Ducassi, the Herald's Local & State editor.

October 9, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.
Ducassi's the same person who bears the lion's share of responsibility for turning that section of the Herald into a never-ending series of embarrassment for Broward readers looking for news about the world they live in.
But down at Herald HQ at One Herald Plaza, Broward County is considered terra incognita, forever getting short-shrift, even though it represents 45% of the two-county population.
They don't care.

In most newspapers in this country, no matter small, Sunday's local section is usually full of stories and columns that are supposed to capture your attention and really make you think.
Pieces they've made a concerted effort to publish on Sunday to get the highest number of eyeballs reading them on the most-read newspaper day of the week.

It will come as no surprise to those of you living here that the Herald is NOT one of them, and hasn't been for years.
Guess who's responsible?

Today, with six pages of editorial in section B comprising the Local & State section, there is one story about Broward County issues, news or personalities actually written by Herald reporters or columnists in the newspaper.
One story.

And you know in advance that it isn't columnist Myriam Marquez, because if you had a dollar for all the things that she's written since joining the Herald years ago from the Orlando Sentinel that were of particular interest to Broward readers, you STILL couldn't buy the $5 foot long sub at Subways.

As I've stated previously, Marquez's column should be re-titled "South of the Border" and drop all the pretense that she's a general interest columnist the way we've all come to understand that concept, because what she's largely interested in 99% of the time, is solely what transpires between the Herald HQ on Biscayne Bay, west over to Westchester, Calle Ocho, Doral and Sweetwater, and then south towards Havana and Latin America,
The proof is in the pudding -her own columns.

Seriously, why in the year 2011 does McClatchy Company's Miami Herald STILL NOT have even one Broward-centric columnist?
Or even one smart, locally-based conservative columnist, even if that means hiring someone from out-of-state and and moving them here to be a voice for a perspective that's currently completely lacking?
Or an Education blog that runs real stories and tidbits, not just largely press releases from the School Board...
It's simple -they don't want to.

October 9, 2011 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

And this absence of Broward-related stories is far from an infrequent occurrence on Sundays.
Give the devil his due, though, Jay Ducassi is nothing if not consistent.

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http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/15/2409135/sunday-dolphins-blackout-averted.html

Posted on Thursday, 09.15.11
MIAMI DOLPHINS
Blackout of Miami Dolphins game averted
BY CRAIG DAVIS
SUN SENTINEL

It apparently took a cooperative effort between the Miami Dolphins and several sponsors to ensure that the 13-year streak of regular-season games on local television continues Sunday. The game against the Houston Texans will be broadcast throughout South Florida at 4:15 p.m. Sunday on CBS4 in Miami, the station confirmed.

The Dolphins have not made a formal announcement, but season-ticket holders reported receiving an automated phone call from Dolphins CEO Mike Dee stating that sponsors bought up the remaining tickets to avert a blackout. There reportedly were about 10,000 tickets remaining early Thursday.

The NFL's blackout policy, established in 1973, requires games be sold out 72 hours in advance or they are blacked out on stations with signals reaching within 75 miles of the game.

Sunday will mark the 103rd consecutive regular-season game on local television since an Oct. 18, 1998 game against the St. Louis Rams failed to sell out. However, two playoff games were blacked out since then: Jan. 13, 2002 against Baltimore and Dec. 30, 2000 against Indianapolis.

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