Uncle Luke: Billy Corben’s Attack on Keon Hardemon Is a Witch-Hunt
Though Billy Corben claims to be a good judge of bad characters, he has Keon Hardemon all wrong. The Miami documentary filmmaker recently attacked the Miami City Commission chairman for selling out the black community. Corben used alternative facts only Donald Trump would be proud of.
On May 18, Corben tweeted a link to a mysterious and anonymous fake-news blog that accused Hardemon of “stealing property from black owners for his rich developer buddies.” He made sure to tag Hardemon to get the commissioner’s attention. Sure enough, Hardemon replied, and Corben began hitting the commissioner below the belt. “My job is to expose facts and direct sunshine to shady people,” the filmmaker tweeted. “Your job is to enrich yourself at the expense of your constituents.”
Hardemon replied, “I thought so much better of you before you posted this. This [fake-news blog] is filth. Untrue. I’m shocked you would publish this. Sad.”
Corben also claimed Hardemon’s family members were getting paid by companies doing business with the city. Half true. Hardemon’s aunt Barbara has had a government relations business for more than 20 years and is a legally registered lobbyist for the City of Miami. No other member of Hardemon’s family lobbies the city. She is lawfully allowed to lobby the city, much like Carlos Gimenez Jr., the Miami-Dade County mayor’s son, who is allowed to lobby the county. So if what Hardemon’s aunt and Gimenez’s son are doing is illegal, Corben needs to give a sworn statement to Katherine Fernandez Rundle instead of making wild accusations on Twitter.