The Miami Herald is reporting WFOR and WFOR reporter Gary Nelson have been hit with a defamation lawsuit by Miami-Dade police director Robert Parker.
The suit stems from an October 3, 2006 report in which WFOR claimed Parker’s son, Robert Parker Jr., had been arrested for armed robbery.
The lawsuit alleges that even after police told WFOR their story was wrong they continued to report it. And when a police spokeswoman told Gary Nelson the story was wrong, when he arrived at Miami-Dade police headquarters demanding interview with Robert Parker, he called WFOR and said there was a cover up going on.
”Nelson then proceeded to get on his cellular phone and told someone that he felt that there was some sort of cover-up,” according to the lawsuit, filed by firm Martin, Lister, Alvarez & Genovese.
Some say that this report was the catalyst that lead to all the changes at WFOR that have been happening for a while now – the new management which brought in all the new anchors and reporters.
Last year Parker’s attorneys made an offer to WFOR to settle the case for $500,000 apparently they turned it down. The lawsuit does not ask for a specific money damages.
As they say, there is no bad publicity and news like that might remind some viewers to tune in but it’s still a lawsuit about false reporting.
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After WFOR’s flub, WPLG did a scathing editorial lambasting them for trying to be first to a story without checking the facts. Surely this would help the police chief, no?