An article this morning caught my eye: "Newest and Biggest Cruise Ship: Oasis of the Seas." The article contains the usual "wow-look-how-big-it-is!" style of writing which is most typically associated with travel agents.  You know, those travel agents doubling as authors whose interest Miami Heraldin describing this monster-of-cruise-ship is hopelessly intertwined with obtaining commissions by selling cruises. 

Then I realized that the article (appearing in a Dallas newspaper) was written by Jane Wooldridge who is the business editor of the Miami Herald.

I have written about the Miami Herald and Ms. Wooldridge in several prior articles: Miami Herald: Asleep at the Wheel Regarding the Cruise Industry and Miami Herald – See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil.

There have been an incredible number of newsworthy developments involving cruise lines over the past five years – missing passengers, high profile sexual assaults, endless pollution fines, fires, sinkings, and five Congressional hearings involving Miami based cruise lines. But the Miami Herald wouldn’t touch these stories.  It did not even report on the passage of the first cruise crime bill in the 40 history of the cruise industry. 

The Miami Herald’s writers never publish anything negative or controversial which might embarrass their cruise line friends.  Credible newspapers with real journalists are left to cover these legitimate stories – like the Los Angeles Times, the San Fransisco Chronicle, or the New York Times.

The Miami Herald sold out to the Miami-based  cruise industry long ago.  This latest article is just the same old cruise cheerleading that the Herald is known for.  Consider the gushing adjectives chosen in the description of the mega ship:  "wow … amazing . . . Oasis of the Seas - Monster of the Seasrevolutionary."  Can you imagine a business editor anywhere writing such drivel? The article contained quotes only from other cruise enthusiasts, travel agents and the cruise line’s CEO, Richard Fain. 

The spectacle of the Oasis of the Seas raises disturbing questions which I have mentioned in numerous articles. But you will find no hint of controversy in articles by Miami Herald employees who consistently write travel pieces designed to sell tickets for their cruise line advertisers.  

Is it just coincidence that the article uses the word "Wow" (caps in original), when the corporate mantra at  Royal Caribbean is "Deliver the Wow?"   

And the latest controversy of this Cloverfield-like-beast-of-cruise-ship sailing past the ruins of Haiti to the cruise line’s "private destination" of Labadee seems to many like corporate malfeasance on steroids.  But the Herald will look the other way.

See no evil.  Hear no evil.  Speak no evil.  The tradition of the Miami Herald continues.

 

Credits:

Newspaper vending machine        Daquella Manera Flickr Photostream 

Oasis of the Seas                       Kenneth Karsten via shipspotting.com

  • Anonymous

    I have requested for my name to remain ANONYMOUS. Used to work as a Reservation Sales Agent for
    Celebrity Cruises/Royal Caribbean
    from 1988 until 1999. I saw many changes that benefited us, but you could feel disconfort, specially the last 2 years. At the beginning my seniority was
    respected, not at all in the last
    2 years. At first,it was like my
    fanily and I DID my job, which I
    enjoyed.The lines, after they merged, became more and more restrictive. For the last years,
    it was affecting my blood pressure, and I chose EARLY RETIREMENT at age 60. Internal competition became “breakneck”
    for most of us. They began to treat us like objects. They made
    it difficult for us to air any grievances (mostly genuine),that
    we had. It was getting oppressive
    for us. They treated us like servants, and they kept hiring a
    lot of spoiled Hispanophones, with little or no talent (BTW, I’m a Hispanophone, also (Cuba), US citizen since 1970. Only that
    I know English and French (limited). It was awful, believe
    me. In summation we were treated
    like “lumpen”(IMHO). BTW, Miami is one of the most CORRUPT cities
    in the world (drug money laundering and political corruption, among other things.
    Anyhow, you be the judge). Lived there for 20 years, and a great
    part of the time, it was “Ad Nauseam”! In the process, I lost
    sympathy for it!

    Sincerely

    Anonymous