Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hot Stuff at the Miami Herald

I accidentally ran across an item in a New Times blog about former Orlando Sentinel reporter Tania de Luziaraga having (or had) an affair with the man who was offered the job of Miami-Dade superintendent of schools.

The affair allegedly took place in 2007 while de Luzuriaga was an education reporter for the Miami Herald. The paper broke the story Sept. 12, but it did not quote from emails they may have sent to each other.

But the New Times got down and dirty with the salacious stuff that has come out in emails, which seem as if they all came from de Luzuriaga. Makes you wonder, who released these emails?

The superintendent of schools to be Alberto Carvalho has denied that an affair took place, adding that the emails are invented or doctored. De Luzuriaga, who now works for the Boston Globe, is not commenting.


Don't know whether this story is true, but for a reporter to get in bed with a source is a huge faux pas. It's unethical, a conflict of interest and grounds for firing. In one of the emails, de Luzuriaga alludes to how they should help each other professionally. The Herald is reviewing the reporter's coverage of the school district. No kidding.


If you want to read all about it, follow this link to Bob Norman's blog, "The Daily Pulp" at New Times: http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2008/09/miami_herald_sex_scandal_the_e.php

There's a link on the blog to a PDF with about 11 pages of emails.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I believe this post makes a great point of explaining why strange bedfellows make bad politics.... or is it stories. You can never tell. Well, we will wait until Fuzzy has a better explantion. But, don't let it be said that the Herald has always acted in good faith. Former publisher Alberto Ibargüen was warned that the late El Nuevo Publisher Carlos Castañeda had been in ( a political) bed with the PNP party in Puerto Rico for many years and yet he still hired him to be the editor/publisher of El Nuevo Herald. Ibargüen knew the pedigree of his new henchman and still brought him in. In the end, his actions led to the famous "RadioMartigate" in which "reporters" took money, as independent contractors, from the source they were 'covering." This big conflict of interest not satirsfactorily explained away. Some papers deserve to reap the bad reputetion they plant.