October 1st, 2009

If you're going to be a blogger with balls, then don't moderate comments 0

By Carlos Miller


Bill Cooke of Random Pixels prides himself on being a ballsy blogger. A blogger who is not afraid to speak his mind or stand up to the powers that be, including The Miami Herald.

The only problem is, he does not allow a free-flowing discussion on his blog. Leave a comment on his blog and it may take hours or days if it ever appears.

That’s not very ballsy, in my opinion.

The reason I am bringing this up is because I left a comment on his blog last night to correct some inaccuracies he said about an article I had written. The comment has yet to appear even though its been 12 hours.

He brings up an article I had written for NBC Miami that created some controversy among the meteorologists in Miami. It was a tongue-in-cheek view of how our local weatherman generate tons of hype the moment a tropical depression appears on the horizon.

I included a sentence where I poked fun at local meteorologists, which did not go over to well with some of the guys on the NBC weather team, so I removed it that same day.

It was a decision I made on my own. My editor was aware of the situation but she did not see a problem with the article because it was obviously tongue-in-cheek.

But I figured I piss enough people off with my writing then to start pissing off people within my own company. So I removed the sentence on my own accord. It was no skin off my back.

That was on Saturday, August 15 when there was one hurricane and two tropical storms on the horizon. In the ensuing days, the status of those storms changed several times, including the hurricane fizzling out and one of the tropical storms forming into a hurricane and another tropical storm making landfall.

So naturally, the article kept getting updated.

On Monday, a CBS meteorologist was upset at my original article, so he penned a blog post criticizing my article for taking a “flippant approach” to hurricanes. He talked about how the media is the first line of defense when it comes to hurricanes and blah blah blah blah (yes, I know I am being flippant).

While it is true that the media is the first line of defense, nobody can deny (except meteorologists) that the media does create a ton of hype the first sign of a tropical depression. The media is in the business of creating hype.

The CBS meteorologist also points out that my article had been “changed many times and it is not in the same form it was this past weekend. ”

He also acknowledges that “It’s been quite a weekend. We went from no storms this season to three named storms in 24 hours.”

So, of course, the article was changed many times. I am not going to write an entire new article with each new development. What he calls “change,” I call “update.”

The only other part that was removed was a single sentence that I described earlier.

I should point out that the following weekend, CBS covered the same topless protest that I did on South Beach and reported that “many women marchers wore pasties to cover their nipples.”

“Many women marchers”?

There were a total of three women marchers who wore pasties to cover their nipples. This is the hype I am talking about. And it’s not like they weren’t there. They included a video with their article.

But did I write a piece calling them out on this?

It did cross my mind because of the meteorologist piece but I let it go because I didn’t want to get into a pissing match with local journalists.

And I really didn’t want to get into a pissing match with a local blogger either. It’s not like I haven’t done that before.

But Random Pixels stated that my article was “edited several times” after the CBS piece ran, which is a complete fabrication of the facts.

And it’s been 12 hours since I posted my comment and it has not yet appeared.

So I’ve posted the comment below where it will be sure to be seen by more readers anyway.

If you’re going to criticize news sites for being inaccurate, you should at least ensure that your blog post is accurate.

It is not true that my hurricane piece was edited several times after CBS ran their blog post.

The reason it was edited several times in the first place was because the status of the hurricanes kept changing.

Do you really expect us to keep the same story up when one hurricane fizzles out and another strengthens?

Even the CBS blog post you quote states that the article was edited several times before his piece ran, so you are pulling facts out of your ass when you say it was edited several times after it ran.

(I know this comment will probably never see the light of day).

The only thing I changed other than the status of the hurricanes was my so-called flippant remark about local meteorologists who hype up hurricanes.

It was meant to be tongue-in-cheek but some on the NBC weather team took it a little personal, so I made the decision to remove that sentence.

Although the NBC Miami team works out of the local affiliate office, we report to the national NBC office in New York.

I removed it on my own accord.

And CBS does have a lot of gall for criticizing my piece when that same weekend, they ran a story about the topless protest on South Beach stating that “many women marchers wore pasties to cover their nipples.”

http://cbs4.com/local/go.topless.topless.2.1140778.html

There were three women marchers. Far from many.

I guess I could have written a piece on NBC Miami “slamming” them for their report, but I have better things to do than get in a pissing match with other local journalists.

Or other local bloggers for that matter.

He also criticizes NBC Miami for having a lack of original content and that’s fine. He’s entitled to his opinion.

But I didn’t see any other local news sites report about the momentum shift within the Cuban exile community regarding the Juanes concert that became evident during that Sunday’s protest. It doesn’t even appear that CBS covered the protest (at least it didn’t come up on their site when I searched for it).

In fact, it is only now that the rest of the media is reporting polls indicating that the majority of Cuban Americans in Miami support the concert, even though they did not prior to the concert.

Tell me something I don’t already know.


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