Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Fiedler interview transcript

The complete transcript of the Rebecca Wakefield's interview with Tom Fiedler is available here.


heraldphobe said...

In the interview, Fiedler says:

[I’d been asked by a staffer if we should respond to truly vicious attacks made to Oscar’s story. The reference was Radio Mambí. My response was, "Why do we need to respond to these whackos, with an audience of 22 people? They're chihuahuas nipping at our heels."]

Whackos. Nice. I'm sure Ninoska Perez-Castellon will be relieved to hear that--at least it's not racist. But dubious slurs aside, what about the bit about "an audience of 22 people"? That is way, WAY off the real numbers for that radio station. It is, in fact, a gross error. If Fiedler didn't know that at the time, he was at best ignorant, and it seems he hasn't learned any different since then, although it was definitely pointed out in print in Nuevo Herald. Wakefield should have called him on it, assuming she knew the facts.

But hey, it's just a bunch of Cuban whackos, so who cares, right?

heraldphobe said...

Other great stuff from Fiedler:

"It's also fair to say that the percentage of the overall Cuban community that has irreconcilable differences with the Herald continues to shrink."

You wish. I beg to differ, as do no doubt the nearly two thousand people who canceled their Herald subscriptions, as well as others who didn't but are still disgusted.

But wait, there's more!

"This latest [Radio and TV Martí] controversy? The principal editor on that story was Miriam Ortiz, the reporter Oscar Corral. To say there’s a disconnect with the community is to say that somehow they don’t reflect the community. There are people who have powerful interests in maintaining a status quo in Radio and TV Martí, but that’s not the majority of the community."

That's truly rich. As a member of the community in question, who has a far better knowledge and understanding of it than Fiedler ever has or ever will, I'm here to tell him that Ortiz and Corral are widely seen as embarrassing aberrations, to put it kindly. If I thought they reflected MY community, I wouldn't be part of it. Has this guy really not learned ANYTHING?

But maybe there really is no problem. None at all. It's just, well, you know, "healthy." In a pig's (I mean a Chihuahua's) eye.