Surfing through the usual blogs this morning, Babalú had a reference to Jim DeFede. I posted a message requesting more information on this individual…being in California, I am a little removed from knowing all the local Miami “celebs.” Therefore, I decided to do my own little research and here is what I found:
1. I found that Jim DeFede is fat, actually obese.
2. I found that he is (was) a news columnist for the Miami Herald.
3. I found that he was fired from the Herald for illegally recording a conversation with politician Arthur E. Teele, Jr., hours before Teele killed himself.
Both Publisher Jesús Díaz Jr. and Executive Editor Tom Fiedler said they fired the popular Metro writer because it is illegal for anyone to tape a conversation with another person without that individual's consent in Florida.
4. I found that DeFede is a Brooklyn NY native.
5. I found that he wrote a book titled, “The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Garner, Newfoundland.”
6. I found that there is blog site for Jim: www.journalistfordefede.blogspot.com
7. I found that Granma, the Cuban official paper portrays Jim very positively.
The newspaper fired DeFede on July 27, alleging a violation of ethics. In their open letter, his colleagues refer to the columnist’s fine journalism and describe the firing as a disproportionate sanction for the gravity of the error. They attribute the firing as being more likely due to his “willingness in the past to offend powerful figures in Miami...” Many note that after recently returning from Havana, DeFede wrote articles in which he criticized the complacency of the group that monopolizes political power and supports Luis Posada Carriles, the self-confessed mastermind of acts of terrorism.
In his article titled “Terror is terror, whether it’s in London or Cuba,” DeFede criticized comments by Cuban-born Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, about what she called the “barbaric” terrorist attack in London. DeFede wrote: “Strong words. What But where was the congresswoman's outrage when she came to the defense of Luis Posada Carriles, a man who bragged about masterminding a series of hotel bombings in Havana that killed an Italian tourist? A man suspected of blowing up a Cuban airliner?
8. I found that, I get bored very quickly of Jim.