Miami Herald runs story about reporter’s DUI arrest after he gives two-week notice

Random Pixels | Miami New Times | Miami New Times (updated post)
Miami Herald part-time Neighbors section reporter Jose Cassola told the paper last Friday that he was giving his two-week notice. On Monday, he was arrested for DUI, and the next day the paper told him to pack up. The Herald also published a story about his arrest and departure. “Who cares if a former Herald writer no one’s ever heard of was arrested for DUI?” asks Miami blogger Bill Cooke. Gus Garcia-Roberts of Miami New Times notes that commenters on the Herald website are criticizing the paper for the story and pointing out that “Cassola‘s former bosses seem to be giving him a firm kick on the ass on his way out.” Herald managing editor Rick Hirsch calls it a personnel matter that’s “not appropriate to discuss it beyond what we published.” || UPDATE: Bill Cooke tells me in an email that he’s learned that “there’s more to the story than what’s in my post” — information that better explains the paper’s actions — and that he’s working on the update. || Miami New Times has posted an updated account.

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  • Anonymous

    I don’t think you know what you are talking about. The Herald didn’t i”ignore” the Rubio / Univision story. They broke the story.  Big difference. Try getting your facts straight.

  • Reykjavik

    So anytime anyone with a byline is arrested for anything, it’s news? I could understand if it were a high-ranking editor, but a front-line grunt? Sounds a bit sanctimonious to me.

  • Anonymous

    The Miami Herald — always “classy.”

  • Anonymous

    The Herald didn’t “miss” it: the Herald ignored it. — Big difference.

  • Poynter

    You are correct. Here’s a recent story about it, for anyone following along: And here’s how Telemundo will benefit: –Julie

  • Anonymous

    Julie – the repercussions are still being felt.  4 or 5 Republican presidential candidates announced the wouldn’t attend a planned Univision debate because of the Rubio thing.

  • Poynter

    We did miss that, didn’t we? I looked at a story or two about it this week, but never managed to blog it. –Julie

  • Matthew Hoy

    And still nothing on Poynter about Univision’s failed attempt to extort Sen. Marco Rubio as reported last Saturday in the Miami Herald?

  • Dan Mitchell

    Ah yes, the old “who cares?” 

    “Who cares about this thing that I read and decided was important enough to write about, to inquire about, and to breathlessly update several times? Who cares? Seriously, who? Anyone?”

  • Don Whiteside

    Ohhhh it must be the headline link, sorry. There’s no name on that site and it wasn’t clear from the body of your text that it was a distinct link. Pretend this is in a Roseanne RosannaDanna voice: never mind!

  • Don Whiteside

    Is there a reason there’s no link to Cooke’s writing?