Call it my summer holiday. Many of my regular readers (family and friends) have noticed I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks. I’ve been out to the U.S. Open in New York City, a trip Sarah and I have been wanted to take for many years. We had a great time; look for photos to be posted soon.
On a media topic. I noticed today in the New York Times, that the columnist in Miami who taped a phone conversation with a public official without telling him. "[Arthur Teele], a former city and county commissioner who had been indicted on federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering, committed suicide in July in The Herald’s lobby, shortly after the anguished phone conversation with Mr. DeFede, a friend of 14 years," writes the New York Times. According to the district attorney, "There appears to have been no malicious intent on the part of Mr. DeFede to violate the privacy rights of Mr. Teele, or to utilize the tape for any commercial purpose or to harm or embarrass Mr. Teele."
Despite the legal ruling, executives at the paper are not reconsidering their decision to fire the columnist for his actions.