Controversy At Sun-Sentinel Over Hiring White Over Minority For Editorial Board, by Buddy Nevins
“When I started out at the Sun-Sentinel in the very early 1970s, the only blacks I remember in the newsroom were janitors.
One loudmouth reporter would regularly yell ethnic slurs aimed at women, Hispanics, Jews, blacks and gays. Shouted across the newsroom.
The editors did nothing.
When I approached an editor with a story of a black man who was murdered, I was told, “We don’t do N…. murders.”
The Sun-Sentinel was a place for Whites and Whites only.
The newspaper changed less than a decade later. A major effort was made to hire black, Hispanic and female journalists. Openly gay journalists were accepted in the newsroom. It was not enough, but a welcome change.
Which may be why several sources complained to me when (Editorial Page Editor) Rosemary O’Hara last week picked a white writer to fill openings on her Editorial Board. The hiring of Andrew Abramson follows the departure of Doug Lyons, an African American, and Daniel Vasquez, a Hispanic …
Companies and government everywhere (have) faced questions about the lack of diversity in board rooms. It has been an issue in the Broward County Courthouse as many came to recognize that there are far too few minority judges … ” (emphasis added)
I was the Sun-Sentinel’s Miami bureau chief for almost eight years. I could never understand the Cuban, Haitian and Nicaraguan communities like my very able reporters who grew up among those people … ”
Resiles back in jail again – Dayonte Resiles appeared before Raag Singhal this morning. Security was tight, with a large crowd of supporters wearing “Justice For Moochie” and “Free My Daddy” tee-shirts in the hallway outside. Dohn Williams, attorney for Resiles, confirmed on camera that his client will not be seeking disqualification of Singhal, because the judge was just one of many witnesses to the escape … (pictures to follow)
DEADLINE: Monday, August 22nd, 5:00 PM. That’s the cut-off to get your applications in to replace BOTH Renee Goldenberg and Dale Ross on the circuit court …
11:00 AM UPDATE – there are reports that a man was running around the courthouse with a knife this morning … Developing …