The Five Worst Media Personalities In Miami
Miami has a lot of media personalities and journalists who are full of it. They use their lofty positions to spread poorly thought-out opinions and don't do any real reporting. You can't trust nearly anything they say or write. Here's my list of the worst news reporters, columnists, talk show hosts, and publishers:
5. Rachel Reeves
The chief executive of local black newspaper the Miami Times is interested only in making money. She doesn't care about doing quality journalism. When I was running for county mayor last year, I found out the first story is free. But a "second interview," I was later told, "would cost me."
4. Sid Rosenberg
The 640 AM sports talk radio host goes on the air to castrate athletes who act stupid off the field. But when he gets busted for driving under the influence after a night at the titty bar, it's all hush-hush. He also has a history of making offensive remarks, like saying that Venus and Serena Williams belong on the cover of National Geographic and that the United States women's soccer team is a "bunch of juiced-up dykes."
3. Fred Grimm
The Herald's metro columnist is a hypocrite. Last year, when I endorsed former Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina over Carlos Gimenez in the county mayoral race, Grimm wrote a column attacking me by bringing up my 20-year-old arrest record and my raunchy lyrics with 2 Live Crew. But Grimm has not written one word criticizing Gimenez for getting in bed with Robaina and current Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez. I'm still waiting for a Grimm column slamming the Gimenez re-election campaign's role in the latest absentee-ballot fraud scandal to embarrass Miami-Dade County.
2. Barry Jackson
This Miami Herald sportswriter is an all-star hack. He has misquoted me in stories about the University of Miami football program. He will also take things out of context for a juicy quote. I have cussed him out more than any other reporter because he always gets it wrong.
1. Michael Putney
The host of WPLG-TV's This Week in South Florida uses his show and a semimonthly column in the Miami Herald to promote projects that are bad for the community. For example, he advocated for Genting, the company that wants to build a casino/resort on the site of the current Herald offices despite widespread opposition to the project. Oddly, he sometimes opposes development in the African-American community. Last year, he criticized Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones because she tried to give grant money to small-business owners in Liberty City to fix up their storefronts.
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