Schorsch, Crist and the Tampa Bay Times

As part of Smith’s posting, he included a list of all of the “insiders” who participated in the poll – who may participate by invitation only – from Smith. On the list this week were the usual assortment of regulars, but one name on the list struck me as odd and inappropriate for being a participant. That name: Charlie Crist.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Bay Times seems to be in a funk. Of late, the newspaper has shown poor judgment and a lack of journalistic standards. On two recent occasions the paper has shown why readers may be abandoning it – it lacks credibility. Meanwhile, cross-bay rival the Tampa Tribune’s (which I contribute a column to, but am not employed by) circulation numbers have increased – one of just two Florida dailies to post increased circulation  numbers last year.

In addition to perpetually having a thing for publishing exhaustingly long, one-sided, front-page stories about the Church of Scientology, the paper is starting to show low standards of journalism and good judgment. Unfortunately for readers, they may not even recognize it.

Here are two examples:

Proving the Times‘ bias against Rick Scott

On Friday, the Times’ online “Buzz” section posted a story by the paper’s political editor, Adam Smith about how Florida “political insiders” view a variety of state and local political matters. The insiders survey is something Smith does on occasion, and which I have regularly participated in. Friday’s “Buzz” post was about what insiders think about the governor’s race and likely match-up between Governor Rick Scott, and former Governor Charlie Crist (among other subjects). No harm there, but the devil is in the details. 

As part of Smith’s posting, he includes a list of all of the “insiders” who participated in the poll (participants must be invited to do so by Smith). On the list this week were the usual assortment of regulars, but one name on the list struck me as odd and inappropriate for being a participant. That name: Charlie Crist.

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Caption: The Tampa Bay Times certainly loves Charlie.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Times conducted a survey about Florida politics and included one of the candidates being surveyed about for his opinion about his own race! That’s like asking the CEO of McDonalds, “Who makes the best hamburger?” What do you think he is going to say?

To make matters worse, when I inquired with Smith about Continue reading “Schorsch, Crist and the Tampa Bay Times”

Super funny (unless you’re Charlie Crist)

Listen to the funniest segment on the radio (at least last night) by clicking here: http://www.newstalkflorida.com/news-change-over-the-years-with-guest-al-ruechel/#disqus_thread Then click on the “play” button for the segment titled “Charlie Crist.”

By Chris Ingram

Last night I had the privilege of interviewing Al Ruechel, local TV personality at Bay News 9, while I was guest-hosting “Florida Tonight” on AM 820 News/Tampa and AM 1190 News/Orlando. Usually Al is interviewing me on Bay News 9 where I serve as the Republican political analyst. Last night, I got to ask the questions.

Graphic: Toocan “Too-tan” Charlie Crist. (1988 archive photo prior to dating Katherine Harris)

Al was his normal self: calm, cool, and collected. All this, even though HE was the one being interviewed — which he is no doubt, not used to.

So we’re in the third segment of the show (Al was on for an hour), and we started talking about Florida’s version of a weathercock (yes, there is such a thing, click here) when the conversation turns to Continue reading “Super funny (unless you’re Charlie Crist)”

5 questions with Chris Ingram

St. Pete Times political editor Adam Smith caught up with me at the Republican Party of Florida quarterly meeting on Saturday. You can see his “5 Questions” interview by going to the St. Pete Times Buzz political blog or just click here to go directly to the video on the site.

St. Pete Times political editor Adam Smith caught up with me at the Republican Party of Florida quarterly meeting on Saturday. You can see his “5 Questions” interview by going to the St. Pete Times Buzz political blog or just click here to go directly to the video on the site.

Chris Ingram