Friday, July 29, 2005

Um, Excuse me Mr. DeFede?

If you have been following the story from Miami you'll know a former city commissioner arraigned four days ago on corruption charges shot himself in the lobby of The Miami Herald building Wednesday after asking to see a columnist. He later died, according to the Herald. The Herald said Arthur E. Teele Jr., a Republican, shot himself in the mouth shortly after 6 p.m. He shot himself after asking a security guard if he could see columnist Jim DeFede, the newspaper said.

It came out later that Jim DeFede had illegally taped the phone conversation. The Herald fired him on Wednesday because he tape-recorded a phone conversation with Teele without his knowledge, which is illegal in Florida. Publisher Jesus Díaz, Jr. said that The Herald had no choice but to dismiss DeFede because his conduct was potentially a felony crime and unethical.

This next part to me was really inappropriate.

DeFede issued a prepared statement: "In a tense situation I made a mistake," he said. "The Miami Herald executives only learned about it because I came to them and admitted it. I told them I was willing to accept a suspension and apologize both to the newsroom and our readers. Unfortunately, The Herald decided on the death penalty instead."

Um, Excuse me Mr. DeFede? You were fired, not killed, Teele is the one who died.....

5 comments:

Me4Prez said...

I have a friend who works there. I don't know how he feels or if he was there or not though.

I read the piece from the New Times tonight at work.

DeFede should appeal to Ken Starr. It was illegal in Maryland to do it too, but Linda Tripp became a star doing it.

Lisa Renee said...

I have no problem with him appealing his firing, just think the thoughtless way he made his statement made him a bit of jerk in my eyes. Especially to use the term "death sentence" when a guy had just committed suicide in the lobby after talking to him.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Mr. DeFede should look upon his termination an an unexpected and rare opportunity to seek his fortune writing for the soaps.

His "death penalty" comment proves to me that there is a "drama queen" inside just aching to come out ;-)

Just like serendipity, Mr. DeFede has a "dip" hidden within...

Jonathan said...

Me4, it's pretty damned tacky to compare Linda Tripp to Mr. DeFede. Tripp may have gotten someone impeached, but she didn't get anyone killed.

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