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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Follow-up to the Mainstream Media's scrum re Univision's attempted blackmail of Sen. Marco Rubio -man bites dog, journalism watchdog bites newspaper, NOT offending Mexican-based TV network that provoked ethical contretemps


Sen. Marco Rubio video: "We Are a Nation of Haves and Soon-to-Haves." Sen. Rubio offers his perspectives on his first year in office and the challenges that remain unsolved going into 2012. December 16, 2011. http://youtu.be/WiKrCUiP-fg
Follow-up to the Mainstream Media's scrum re Univision's attempted blackmail of Sen. Marco Rubio -man bites dog, journalism watchdog bites newspaper, NOT offending Mexican-based TV network that provoked ethical contretemps
What follows is part of an email that I sent out last Thursday as the logical if not-always well-understood follow-up to the Mainstream Media's scrum re Univision's attempted blackmail of Sen. Marco Rubio.


I originally wrote about this subject three months ago in an October 3rd post titled,
Marco Rubio vs. Univision - An attempted political smear FINALLY awakens the Miami Herald to Univision's thread-bare claim to journalism. Finalmente!
http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/marco-rubio-vs-univision-attempted.html


What makes this particular media case unusual is that it's a true case of 'man-bites-dog,' in that a New York-based journalism group that once upon a time enjoyed a largely esteemed reputation across the country for journalism probity and a watchdog-like concern for ethical shortcuts and laxness within the industry, has instead consciously chosen to attack a newspaper and not aim its barbs at the Mexican-based TV network that once again has revealed its true colors as a redoubt for faux-journalism that would be unacceptable in most American newsrooms, no matter how small, no matter how politically parochial.


Two days before veteran Florida reporter and institutional memory Marc Caputo's pointed rebuttal piece ran in the Miami Herald's political blog last Thursday, the following was reported in The Huffington Post, which in my experience is not always the most reliable of news sources, given its unctuous quotient. 
(I had already read the original cites before coming across this.) 

The Huffington Post
Marco Rubio And Univision Feud Sparks Disagreement Between New Yorker And Miami Herald
First Posted: 1/4/12 01:52 PM ET 
Updated: 1/4/12 06:36 PM ET
A feud between America's most prominent Hispanic Republican, Marco Rubio, and America's most popular Hispanic network, Univision, is now a debate between the Miami Herald and the New Yorker.
Last summer, Univision aired a story about the 1987 drug-trafficking bust of Rubio's brother-in-law. In October, the Miami Herald ran a front page story that Univision executives tried to blackmail Rubio with the information in exchange for his appearance on their "Meet the Press"-type show.
Read the rest of the post at:

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Miami Herald 
Naked Politics blog
Of darts and hypocrisy: CJR's falsehoods and omissions in Marco Rubio-Univision-Herald flap
Marc Caputo on January 6, 2012
After a high-profile politician repeatedly stiff-arms a TV network over an interview, the media company then dredges up a 24 year-old drug-bust story about his brother-in-law. It runs in prime time. Even its viewers bash the story.
A newspaper later reports a behind-the-scenes tussle over the story: The network's news chief allegedly offered a deal to soften or kill the drug-bust story if the politician gave the long-sought interview. The news chief denies the allegation. 
To the Columbia Journalism Review's Erika Fry, it was clear who deserved the most-jaundiced look: The newspaper, The Miami Herald & El Nuevo Herald.
Read the rest of the post at: 
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2012/01/after-a-high-profile-politician-repeatedly-stiff-arms-a-tv-network-over-an-interview-the-media-company-then-dredges-up-a-24.html


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The New Yorker
WAR OF CHOICE
Marco Rubio and the G.O.P. play a dangerous game on immigration.
by Ken Auletta
JANUARY 9, 2012

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