Although it is hardly admirable we cannot but be impressed by the spirit de corps that exists and flourishes among Miami's journalistic community, although it is, after all, a one newspaper town, for all intents and purposes. The only other English-language newspaper is the alternative weekly Miami New Times, which is what one would expect it to be. The two Spanish-language daily newspapers, El Nuevo Herald, which is an offshoot of The Miami Herald, and El Diario Las Américas, which exists in its own mileau and almost in its own time and space, are not rivals of The Herald in any way, though occasional antagonists (El Herald, ironically, more than El Diario).
So the silence decreed by The Miami Herald on the Oscar Corral Affaire has not been challenged in any way by other Miami papers, nor, for that matter, by any papers that border its circulation area, not even the Sun-Post, which had profiled Corral only 3 weeks earlier in an embarrassing puff piece that only seems more embarrassing now (intrepid ace reporter takes on Miami's Cuban extremists and becomes martyr-in-waiting).
The Corral story provided an excellent opportunity for the other local papers to assert their independence and forge a distinct character, and, yes, for their circulations to grow. But even the contrarian New Times — aren't alternative newspapers supposed to be? — limited its coverage to its webpages, where it squandered real scoops and diluted the story with the usual attacks on the Cuban-American community, which is the daily bread of their blogs. Worst still, with the exception of Herald Watch and the RCAB, which have covered the story in-depth within the measure of their resources, it did not even merit a mention on most Cuban-American blogs and only derivative and quickly cut-off discussion on Babalú.
We must really ask ourselves why this is so, since this was the week's big story in any venue which did chose to cover it, such as Miami's Spanish-language talk radio. Although its leftwing critics chide it for a thousand so-called sins, it is not guilty of the sin of omission. Its coverage of the Oscar Corral Affaire could have been emulated by all media in Miami. It was not, which is to their very great discredit.
It says a lot that Granma, official organ of Cuba's Communist Party, covered the Corral story more exhaustively than any Miami newspaper, and being alone and unchallenged in in its "reportage," foisted more lies and propaganda into the discussion than would otherwise have been possible if any other outlet had bothered to report on this story. The lavish praise which Granma heaped on Corral, unseen since the death of Herbert Matthews, was itself worthy of notice by the Miami media, which, of course, noticed nothing.
The only explanation I can find for what amounts to a cover-up by the Miami media is this: perhaps all the media in Miami are replete with adulterers who pay to be fellated, luckier but no less depraved than Oscar Corral, and this was just a can of worms that nobody could afford to open.