Oh, that’s rich — DCF wants credit for ‘enabling’ Miami Herald series investigating it

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Of the thousands of press releases sent my way over the year, I can’t recall reading one with the chutzpah found in the release sent out today by the Department of Children and Families. 

Responding to a Pulitzer Prize-worth investigation by the Miami Herald of the deaths of 477 children whose families had a history with DCF, the department says the newspaper “was able to write about this information because (DCF) supplied them with detailed records about each child whose death was determined to be the result of abuse or neglect.”

DCF also contends that the Herald was able to conduct its investigation because the department went to court in partnership with the newspaper to petition for the release of additional information that could not have otherwise been disclosed without a court order, according to DCF’s release.

How noble of DCF to turn over records about these children’s deaths! 

To attempt to elicit some sort of credit for ‘enabling’ the Miami Herald to investigate it, DCF is acting like an arsonist who sets their home ablaze, but moves their car so as to not block the fire trucks.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.