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More Gerald Posner Plagiarism in Miami Babylon, From New Times, PBS, and Many Others

Categories: Media Watch, News

Miami Babylon, page 354:

Fellow commissioner Richard Steinberg accused Peebles of playing a "race game" by betting that the Beach was afraid of "the headlines when it files suit to collect on the rent that you have not been paying."

Commissioner Jose Smith made it clear he wasn't willing to turn what was already a sweetheart deal into a $40 million giveaway.

Yet the surprises came from Matti Bower, Simon Cruz, Luis Garcia, and Mayor Dermer. They argued that Peebles had been wronged, and somehow so had the Beach. All four faced reelection, and Peebles made little secret of his intention, once again, to pour cash into the campaigns of those who supported him.

16) Ocean Drive:

Developers had avoided South Pointe because they expected it would entail costly litigation to push through zoning changes and costly environmental cleanup operations on sites that once housed an oil refinery, a gasoline-storage facility, a dog track, dry-cleaning operations and a meat factory.

Miami Babylon, page 264:

Developers had avoided the area largely because they anticipated expensive litigation to push through zoning changes and costly environmental cleanup operations on sites of a small oil refinery, a gasoline storage facility, a dog track, dry cleaning operations, and a meat factory.

The following eight quotes in Miami Babylon appear to have been altered. All instances were found by Gelembiuk -- the "commentary" explaining the significance of the alteration also comes from Gelembiuk.

Miami Babylon Altered Quotes

1) Miami Babylon page 96:

The 1979 Super Bowl between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers was held in Miami. "Two nights before," recalled Roberts to a reporter, "I've got the whole front line of the Pittsburgh Steelers in my house. They all sat down and: 'Come on, come on. Break the shit out. Break the shit out.' They partied, and they really partied hard. I mean, you have no idea what these guys would go through. I'm saying, 'You guys are going to go out tomorrow and play football?' " 'Yeah, and we're going to win.'"

Original quotes: Miami New Times:

I remember the week of the Super Bowl, when Dallas played Pittsburgh here. Two nights before, I've got the whole front line of the Pittsburgh Steelers in my house. They all sat down and: "Come on, come on. Break the shit out. Break the shit out."

They partied and they really partied hard. I mean, you have no idea what these guys would go through. I'm saying, "You guys are going to go out and play football?"

"Yeah, and we're going to win."

Commentary: The word "tomorrow" has been added, implying the players were doing coke the night before the big game.

2) Miami Babylon, page 93:

"The more layers of insulation you place between the investigator and the ultimate asset, the more difficult it is," says Michael Zeldin, chief of the Anti-Money Laundering/Trade Sanctions team at the international accounting firm Deloitte. "A major part of the problem was that there were so many professionals and public officials who benefited from the drug trade and simply did not see themselves as part of the problem. They were blinded by all the money."

Original quotes: PBS, Frontline

MICHAEL ZELDIN, Asset Forfeiture

We have to trace the asset. We have to prove that the asset was derived from or facilitated or was in some way involved with the illegal activity before we can forfeit it. We can't just forfeit 'cause we want to. And so the more layers of insulation you place between the investigator and the ultimate asset, the more difficult it is....

And I think that there are a lot of people who are privileged who are benefiting from the narcotics trade in small ways or in large ways, who don't see themselves as the problem, but rather see the peddlers of the drugs as the problem, and if they could only get rid of those guys, then we'd have no other problem. I think they're blind.

Commentary: Zeldin never says the precise phrase Posner quotes him as saying.


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