11 days after the bombshell Oscar Corral article that appeared in the Miami Herald, its editors are finally getting around to publishing some of the responses from the protagonists.
Today Juan Manuel Cao's letter was published in The Herald. It was published in El Nuevo Herald last Thursday the 14th. And also in today's Herald appeared a letter from Miguel Cossio, another one of the implicated journalists (His letter the Spanish version had been published in El Nuevo Herald on Friday Semptember 15th). He says, among other things:
It is not fair to judge journalists working for other entities by the internal policies of The Miami Herald.And I suppose that's right. Who died and made the Herald the arbiter of journalistic ethics for any entity outside of 1 Herald Plaza?
Likewise today a column by Frank Calzon appeared in the Herald defending the implicated journalists.
Perhaps my email exchange with Tom Fiedler and Joe Oglesby yesterday made them re-think the lopsided coverage they were giving the affair relative to El Nuevo Herald. Today's Herald has a much more balanced approach, at least in the opinion pages.
In addition to these and other letters that were sympathetic to the journalists, a column by Sam Terrilli, a professor of journalism at the University of Miami, also ran in today's Herald. Terrilli expounds on why it was wrong for the journalists to to work for an agency of the federal government. He blames the government for the mess but makes no mention of how long this has been going on, not just with Cuban-American journalists and Radio Marti, but with VOA and other government-funded media.