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Miami Television News coverage of the African-American Community is Unfair and Disgusting.

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When it comes to reporting on crime and other bad things happening in Miami, local television stations do not provide fair and balanced coverage. In fact, mainstream news organizations are out to destroy African American communities.

Consider this: Last week, 26-year-old Lazaro Manuel Arencibia was shot in the abdomen at a gas station two blocks away from El Portal. But watching local news reports, you wouldn’t know Arencibia’s brush with death was so close to the quaint scenic village north of Little Haiti.

According to CBS Miami, Local 10 News, and 7 News, Arencibia was shot in an “area” of northwest Miami-Dade. The stations did the same thing when a Hispanic couple was shot in an attempted carjacking in Kendall on July 29. The reports only said the shooting took place in southwest Miami-Dade.

Yet, whenever a shooting takes place in poor black communities like Overtown, Liberty City, Opa-Locka and Miami Gardens, TV stations have no problem identifying them for viewers.

If you only got your information about Miami Gardens by watching the local news, you would think the city was a horrible place to live. Television reporters are quick to call the place “Murder Gardens” whenever someone is killed there.

Yet, you never see any stories about the businesses thriving in Miami Gardens, including some of the best cigar bars and restaurants in south Florida. And you never see news trucks coming out to cover community events like a recent camp at Charles Hadley Park hosted by hometown hero and Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman and his teammate, all-pro wide receiver Julio Jones. Television reporters only come out when shots are fired.

Part of the problem is the lack of minority reporters from Miami covering the news. A majority of the newscasters and reporters of color are imported from other cities like 10 anchor Calvin Hughes, a Cleveland native who can’t relate to the experiences of black people in Miami’s inner city neighborhoods. On the station’s Sunday show with Michael Putney and Glenna Milberg, they bring in African American commentators no one in the community has heard of or black political consultants who are getting paid by campaigns to spin their agenda.

The result is unbalanced, negative coverage of Miami’s African American neighborhoods, which helps stifle the economic growth of these communities. Miami Gardens, for instance, is home to Sunlife Stadium, which will host the NFL’s Super Bowl in 2020, as well as championship college football games for the foreseeable future. Yet, not a single major hotel chain has opened a location in Miami Gardens.

No Fortune 500 company is going to set up shop in a city that is getting negative news coverage around the clock.

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