[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: Art Teele Commits Suicide (UPDATED)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Art Teele Commits Suicide (UPDATED)

Former Miami-Dade County and city of Miami commissioner Arthur Teele committed suicide in the lobby of the Miami Herald Building this evening shortly after 6 PM.

I've been trying to get the latest from the Miami Herald site, but the building was evacuated after the incident and their links aren't working at the present time.

UPDATE 7/28 6:30 AM: Herald columnist Jim DeFede was fired by the paper late yesterday for illegally recording a phone conversation with Teele earlier in the day.

DeFede, who defended Teele several times in his columns despite Teele's checkered past, issued a prepared statement: (emphasis mine)

''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.''

Jim, the law is the law, right? As champion of the little guy, you should have known that recording conversations without the consent of both parties is a crime.

Then again, DeFede has had problems interpreting the law in the past.

4 Comments:

Blogger The Universal Spectator said...

Robert, I posted the story on Babalú about thirty minutes ago. You are spot on in your analysis: he, like so many of the MSM, thought he was above the law. Guess he learned a thing or two visiting Cuba...

8:04 AM, July 28, 2005  
Blogger ziva said...

Equating the loss of his job with the death penalty? With that kind of loose minded thinking he doesn't deserve a public forum for his ideas.

12:11 PM, July 28, 2005  
Blogger Henry "Conductor" Gomez said...

He blew it. I know someone who knows Defede personally and says he's not a bad guy. In the limited communications I had with the guy he's been a gentleman. I don't like any of his opinions though. ask yourself this though. If the person he was recording was a white house insider like deep throat would they have fired him.

6:55 PM, July 28, 2005  
Blogger Robert said...

Conductor,

I don't necessarily think DeFede is a bad guy in general, but his character assassinations and bias were just over the top.

He might have done what some consider to be the honorable thing by admitting the recording to his boss, but that doesn't absolve him in any way.

As far as your last question goes, probably not.

10:17 PM, July 28, 2005  

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