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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

MAY 9, 2012

THE MIAMI HERALD REVEALS AGAIN THAT THEY CAN’T BE TRUSTED TO INFORM IT’S READERS WITHOUT SHOWING THEIR BIAS
CRIME? WHAT CRIME?

Just about anywhere you turn, you can find hard evidence of the Miami Herald’s willingness to overlook, evade or downright misrepresent the facts of what happens inside the City of Miami and other the other large cities within the county whenever it chooses.


Take the issue of public safety and crime statistics. 


On Tuesday, my colleague Mike Hatmi, at The Straw Buyer posted a story on the April 30th story that the Miami Herald had run about the 2011 FDLE Crime Report for the State of Florida.


Both the Herald’s headline and the story misled the cursory reader into believing that crime was down in ALL over Miami-Dade County, when in fact while crime was down in un-incorporated Miami-Dade, it was up 10.7 % in the City of Miami,13.3% in Miami Beach and 13% in Coral Gables.


The only large city in the county to see a decrease was Hialeah, with a 5.3% decrease.


Yet, that was not the impression that was conveyed by the Herald’s story, where the reporter failed to cite the increased crime rates in any of these cities within the story itself.  The information was only available in a sidebar graf. that listed some of the cities in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.


The headline was even more deceiving, in that the Broward County was seen to be the county with the real increase in crime, when in fact the increases in Miami, Miami Beach and Coral Gables certainly pointed to a bigger crime problem in all of Miami-Dade than in Broward.


For Miami and Miami Beach, and to a lessor degree Coral Gables, this increase represents a serious problem, given that tourism is what drives the economy of these communities, and increased crime rates are an issue that concerns everyone.


But, it’s obviously not a problem that the Miami Herald believes is worth addressing with a follow-up story about what this increase in crime in these cities says about why crime is on the rise, and in City of Miami, what it might say about the replacement of the Chief of Police and the new policies to do away with Tactical Units.


For the Herald, it appears that the story, like so many other stories was actually considered little more than filler to fill the spaces in between the advertising.


When you factor in tall of the examples of how the Herald has misled or failed to report on serious issues impacting folks in Miami-Dade County you can appreciate why more and more people are looking elsewhere to get their news.


It’s Miami, Bitches!

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