They have ignored all negative stories about Marco Rubio and immigration reform this week, and feign ignorance of what everyone else in the country is talking about -and reporting on: Ryan Lizza re #RubiosFolly
CNN asks 'what should be main focus of US govt in dealing with immigration policy?' 62% say security, 36% say path to citizenship.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) June 18, 2013
Each one is a complicit member of the Hear No Evil/See No Evil/Speak No Evil reporting crew at the Miami Herald's feeble third-tier political blog, Naked Politics, that has completely ignored anything and everything over the past week about the furor erupting from Ryan Lizza's New Yorker column about the Schumer-Rubio immigration bill, S.744, i.e. Rubio's Folly,
.@marcorubio: I'm for the fence & visa tracking but I voted against req'ing them. http://t.co/XGTIks1qYX #immigration
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) June 18, 2013
.@MarkSKrikorian @NRO What about name of the aide who falsely denied quote was accurate? Oh right, we know his name= @alexconant
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) June 18, 2013
The influential piece which featured Rubio aide Alex Conant saying something controversial that won't win him any friends in Northwest Miami, and which has been discussed and analyzed in hundreds of national websites and blogs, but NOT in the main newspaper or political blog of the city where Rubio is from and the state that he represents in Washington.
Not sure how I can make that any simpler for those of you who are late arrivals to the blog on this story.
Conant doesn't mention that he's in the center of the storm:
As of 4 p.m. today, as these links prove, there NADA for the sixth day in a row in the Herald.
How do you simply ignore the story and pretend that nobody is noticing what you're doing?
And as for Rubio's new penchant for continually talking but never actually explaining, nothing has changed at his Twitter account since I mentioned this matter on Wednesday
How does Marco Rubio fire his brain? Seems an almost philosophical conundrum.
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) June 18, 2013
Not a good move 4 Rubio camp 2 trash @ryanlizza (4 what was basically a positive piece). @AlexConant pays the price http://t.co/NRG0qaYaqc
— Mickey Kaus (@kausmickey) June 17, 2013
There's a very good reason why I've hardly ever mentioned that blog on these pages, and it has everything to do with them ignoring so much news everyday that would be news in others cities, that Naked Politics is perhaps the least important media political blog on the entire East Coast of the United States.
Even in Miami, with its traditionally low standards for performance and competency, they don't give awards to professional reporters who go out of their way to ignore timely and relevant news about important public policy issues.
But that's exactly what has taken place the past six days.
In fact, the Tampa Bay Times broke their own news blackout on the Lizza & Rubio story on Tuesday by running something by Alex Leary on their far-superior but-still very liberal political blog, The Buzz, which I mentioned her the other day and linked to.
But despite the fact that most of the best blog pieces on the Herald's site are from the West Coast, the Herald editors have consciously chosen NOT to post that story even though it's the most-important one of the week.
The same way they buried the Jeb Bush appearance that fell flat earlier in the week
The next time that you are somewhere in Florida and spot one one these reporters or Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marques or Managing Editor Rick Hirsch, walk right up to them and ask them why they were so afraid of printing the truth, and were content being seen as stooges.
With all the amazing technology in the world that makes it easier than ever before for a reporter to do their job well, these particular Herald reporters are ostriches who put their heads firmly in the sand and wait for it all the uproar to be over.
And then, MAYBE, just maybe, Marc Caputo will write another one of his famous after-the-fact pieces that are painfully defensive in nature, and totally unpersuasive on the facts, which here, could not be more clear that the herald has shirked their responsibilities.
Yes, if they gave a Pulitzer Prize for THAT, Caputo and the Herald would be standing pretty every year..
.@TGowdySC on why enforcing immigration laws is so important in reform. #ITL
— Betty Liu (@BettyInTheLoop) June 19, 2013