The Water Cooler: St. Pete Times bashing edition

The Water Cooler is a snapshot of some of the things people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

St. Pete Times gets it wrong before it gets it right

Following its endorsement of Jim Norman, the St. Pete Times’ editorial board still has less credibility than a Charlie Crist campaign pledge, but the Times’ news is still the best in the state and it does readers an important service with its Perspective piece on the staggering national debt — currently $14 trillion – in today’s paper.

What the Times editorial pages continue to miss are the facts that our insatiable appetite for more things we can’t pay for (like bullet trains which the paper endorses) mortgaged on the backs of our children are in part the cause of the debt. Social Security, Obama-care, and defense spending are the real culprits though, and there isn’t a leader in Washington willing to do anything about it.

You can read the Times’ articles on the debt by clicking here, as well as view a chart demonstrating the out-of-control spending in Washington (the debt doubled from roughly $5 trillion to $10 trillion under George W. Bush, and is expected to double to $20 trillion under Obama). The lesson here is: all politicians just want to spend, spend, spend, regardless of partisan stripes. That’s because giving you the voters more goodies without charging you for them is the easiest way to get re-elected.

We should all be ashamed for sticking our kids with the bills.

Does anybody read dopey Daniel Ruth?

Daniel Ruth the acerbic columnist with the St. Pete Times who writes a sophomoric column about politics and government using feeble attempts at humor and forced analogies, wrote one of his rants last week which focused on former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco. Ruth makes lots of assumptions, comparisons (here’s one: “…the annual Gasparilla Parade reached its full flower of debauchery rivaling Animal House meets Eliot Spitzer.”), and various other points about Greco including his hair color/dye job.

In my limited experience with Ruth, he’s shown himself to be rather lazy. I’m guessing Ruth hasn’t seen or talked to Greco in years but that didn’t stop him from making the following LAME comparison: “Dick Greco makes Grandpa Walton look like The Beaver.” Brilliant Danno – how many shots did it take before you came up with that original one? I mean, that was just plain stupid. But not as bad as, “[Greco is] Tampa’s answer to Camelot meets a conga line.”

The Times can do better. Daniel Ruth is a clown.

As for Greco, I met with him just last week and he is absolutely running for Mayor. I like Greco. He’s a swell guy. But Ruth is right. Greco’s time has come and gone. But we could do without the unsophisticated comparisons to him and a lap dancer and his use of Grecian formula. The man deserves a little respect and Times readers do too.

Marks’ hypocrisy

Last week I called the offices of Todd Marks, my conservative friend and former candidate for State House District 57 (he lost in the Primary), who was one of the first candidates in the sunshine state to embrace an Arizona-esque immigration law. Imagine my surprise when his automated receptionist asked me to “press 1 for English, press 2 for Spanish.” Marks didn’t see any hypocrisy in his voice prompts. I did.

Marks: Yo quiero Taco Bell tambien!

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at:

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7 thoughts on “The Water Cooler: St. Pete Times bashing edition”

  1. Also agreed re Ruth. I read his articles from time to time hoping that “maybe this one will show me why the Times has him on their ticket” – and it has yet to happen. (It is the same optimism that kept me watching Mad Men this past season thinking, “there has got to be a reason so many people like this show…”) Love Howard Troxler, though (Times columnist).


  2. The St Pete Times does indeed have the makings of a fine newspaper. All they really need to do to improve it would be to fire the entire editorial board, hire a new board of truly non-partisan editors and writers, and enforce a policy of not writing news stories with any personal political slant.
    Then they could double the comic pages. 😉


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  4. How is Marks a hypocrite for not supporting illegal immigration while supporting our fellow Hispanic citizens and documented workers? Far from a hypocrite, he sounds like a fine American to me.


  5. I was so happy when the Tribune dumped Daniel Ruth. Then I lost a lot of respect for the Times when they hired him. Ingram you should be writing in his place!


  6. Oh yes Chris you should be writing in his place. Your elegant style coupled with witty snipits and of course your ability to spin the story into something so wonderfully readable is just what we need more of…..who do we know who can get him fired and you hired?


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