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.
China issues regulations on foreign companies in TikTok row
China issued a swift retaliation in response to a looming ban on US downloads of the Chinese owned apps TikTok and WeChat.
On Saturday the country’s Ministry of Commerce announced regulations for its “unreliable entity” list, which target foreign companies they say compromise their national security.
Any company that gets added to the list can face a raft of hurdles and restrictions in the country including fines and restrictions on employees.
The news came just one day after the US Commerce Department issued an order saying they would bar Google and Apple from carrying TikTok and WeChat in the US.
The move will not affect existing customers of either platform but will prevent them from receiving updates. A fire-sale deal to allow Microsoft to assume control of US, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand operations fell through last week.
TikTok parent company ByteDance filed an 11th-hour motion in a federal court in Washington to attempt to stay the looming ban.
China has also protested vigorously against the US move, accusing the country of bullying behavior.
China’s Commerce Ministry previously warned they would “take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies.”
TikTok is wildly popular in the United States with roughly 100 million active users. This has raised concerns among intelligence officials and the Trump administration over the potential of user data falling into the hands of the Chinese government.
With Post wires
Queens woman charged with murdering daughter’s boyfriend
A Queens woman was arrested and charged with murder in the July shooting death of her daughter’s boyfriend, police said.
Suzette Olin, 55, was nabbed Friday by the US Marshals Regional Fugitive Task Force in Woodhaven, police said.
Olin shot Shaka Ifill, 40, in the back on July 26 at the 91st Avenue home Ifill shared with Olin’s daughter, according to police and a previous news report.
Ifill was still conscious when officers arrived and told cops his girlfriend and her mother were responsible for the shooting.
Police said the investigation is ongoing.
Human remains found buried at Queens construction site: cops
Human remains were discovered at a construction site in Queens during an excavation project, police said.
Workers dug up the bones, which were wrapped in a blanket, around 4 p.m. Friday at a Cypress Avenue construction site in Glendale surrounded by hundreds of thousands of legitimate graves.
The site, between Clover Place and Main Road, is right across the street from the Mt. Judah Cemetery and not far from at least seven more graveyards.
The medical examiner is working to identify the bones, police said.
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