The Spanish-language version of the Miami Herald is under fire for publishing an “inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic” insert in its paper — with editors admitting they had no idea the “incredibly offensive” column had been running all year.
In Friday’s el Nuevo Herald, a column in a paid-for weekly supplement claimed that American Jews support “thieves and arsonists” — and compared Black Lives Matter protesters to Nazis, the Washington Post said.
“What kind of people are these Jews? They’re always talking about the Holocaust, but have they already forgotten Kristallnacht, when Nazi thugs rampaged through Jewish shops all over Germany?” author Roberto Luque Escalona wrote.
“So do the BLM and antifa, only the Nazis didn’t steal; they only destroyed.”
The Miami Herald’s publisher and executive editor, Aminda Marqués González, joined Nuevo Herald managing editor Nancy San Martín in a groveling online apology while ending its deal with the insert, LIBRE.
“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers,” they wrote.
“The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing,” the top editors wrote, blaming “a series of internal failures.”
“We then spent the weekend reviewing past issues and were appalled to discover multiple instances of anti-Semitic and racist commentary since January — content that would never meet our editorial standards at el Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald,” they admitted.
They vowed to “never publish, print or distribute” the LIBRE weekly supplement again.
“Our readers turn to us for fact-based, trusted local reporting and we can offer no excuse for the fact that such hateful content reached our readers,” they wrote, promising to print a full investigation into the paper’s own failings in the debacle by the end of the week.
Critics were amazed that the paper even got into business with LIBRE’s owner, Demetrio Perez, Jr., who has been the subject of numerous investigations by the paper, including allegations that he had pocketed $1 million in rent payments from public schools, the Washington Post noted.
“Why did you take money from a convicted fraudster to publish racist and anti-Semitic propaganda?” Billy Corben, a Miami-based documentary filmmaker, asked the Herald’s editors.
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