The Miami Herald, one of many nation’s largest newspapers, apologized on Monday for a column it referred to as “incredibly offensive” that appeared final week in Libre, a paid Spanish-language insert included with copies of El Nuevo Herald, a sibling publication.
In a letter to readers, Aminda Marqués González, the manager editor and writer of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, and Nancy San Martín, El Nuevo Herald’s managing editor, stated that they’d “notified Libre that we are ending our relationship and will never publish, print or distribute its content again.”
In a column final week, headlined “Judíos americanos y judíos israelíes,” the writer, Roberto Luque-Escalona, chastised American Jews who help Black Lives Matter and antifa by evaluating these actions to the Nazi-led Germans who instigated a deadly pogrom towards German Jews in 1938.
“What kind of people are these Jews?” Mr. Luque-Escalona wrote of American Jewish supporters of Black Lives Matter and antifa. “They are always talking about the Holocaust, but have they now forgotten Kristallnacht, when Nazi thugs razed Jewish businesses throughout Germany? The same is being done by B.L.M. and Antifa, only the Nazis did not rob; they only destroyed.”
In reality, throughout and after the evening of Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, in November 1938, many Jewish-owned companies in Germany have been looted in addition to destroyed, and Jews have been compelled to pay for the harm, in keeping with Yad Vashem, the Holocaust museum and analysis heart in Israel.
“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,” Ms. Marqués González and Ms. Martín wrote of their apology.
Libre, whose English-language motto is “For a Free World and a Better Community,” was based in 1966 in Miami, in keeping with its web site. It didn’t return a request for remark Wednesday.
Libre’s writer is Demetrio Perez Jr., a former member of the Miami-Dade faculty board. In 2001, The Sun Sentinel reported that he had been sentenced to six months home arrest and given 18 months probation after he was indicted on charges that he defrauded the federal housing program. A personal website for Mr. Perez Jr. identifies him as a Cuban-American educator and activist primarily based in Miami.
A New York Times search of earlier problems with Libre discovered quite a few false, racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and homophobic statements in columns by Mr. Luque-Escalona. His targets have included Michelle Obama, the previous first girl; the Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris; and the basketball star LeBron James.
“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,” Ms. Marqués González and Ms. Martín wrote of their apology. “It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”
The newspaper’s leaders added that they have been investigating The Miami Herald’s “business relationship with Libre” and “reviewing all inserts and our processes for these paid supplements that the company has printed and distributed with our news product.” The editors stated the outcomes of their investigation could be printed by the top of the week, in English and Spanish.
In August, The Miami Herald’s mum or dad firm, the McClatchy Company, was offered in a chapter public sale to Chatham Asset Management, a hedge fund primarily based in New Jersey.
Patricia Mazzei contributed reporting.