The Miami Herald issued an apology this week after its sister paper ran an insert that featured a column comparing Black Lives Matter movement supporters to Nazis, The Hill reports.
The column, which also included anti-Semitic remarks, noted “what kind of people are these Jews?” and mocked Jewish people for “always talking about the Holocaust.”
Editors said the newspaper is now looking into how the “LIBRE” insert in the Spanish-language publication Nuevo Herald, which is owned by the Miami Herald Company, was approved to run in the first place.
The newspaper’s management team said they would never run LIBRE again.
“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” Aminda Marqués González, the Herald and el Nuevo Herald’s executive editor and publisher, and el Nuevo Herald managing editor Nancy San Martín wrote in a letter to readers.
According to the letter, no one in the paper’s leadership had reviewed the insert before it was distributed.
“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. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring,” the paper’s leaders wrote.
The column was written by Roberto Luque Escalona. It claimed the Black Lives Matter movement, like Nazis, “only destroyed” and included offensive statements about Jewish people.
“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? So do the BLM and antifa, only the Nazis didn’t steal; they only destroyed,” Escalona wrote.
Herald readers were the ones who pointed out the column to the newspaper, according to the open letter. Readers demanded to know how the insert was able to be published.
The editors wrote that the newspaper is now “reviewing all inserts and our processes for these paid supplements that the company has printed and distributed with our news product.”
“Our initial investigation has found that we do not have a content review process for LIBRE and other similar supplements that are curated by paid customers,” the two editors wrote. “In the interest of transparency in our community, we will share our findings of the LIBRE review in a story that will be published in both Spanish and English by the end of the week.”
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