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What Miami Heralds about the Times.

IT’S OLD NEWS that there’s no such thing as an objective picture. There’s no story there. So why should we care if this past summer the New York Times Magazine ran a double-page “news” picture of a supposed drug bust in Miami that turned out to be a four-year-old staged ad for Westinghouse radar? Miami cares, that’s why. But who cares what Miami thinks? And do cities actually think? Or do they just struggle for tourist dollars, investment capital, and real estate booms, and try to keep minority unrest down, federal assistance up, and public transport moving? It’s hell being a city. And what’s even worse is being portrayed as hellish by the major news organ in New York, a city that anyone who’s spent 10 minutes in the Times Square subway in July could tell you does literally resemble hell. “Can Miami Save Itself? A City Beset by Drugs and Violence” was splashed across the cover of the Times

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