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”

Schorsch plays loose with the facts

I spoke to Speaker Weatherford today and here is what he said about Schorsch, “He is not on my payroll. All we have ever done is paid for ads on his website. He’s never been a consultant for me. Ever.”

Speaker Weatherford on Peter Schorsch: “He’s never been a consultant for me. Ever.”

By Chris Ingram

Friday kudos to the Republican Party of Florida’s Communications Director, Matt Moon for calling a spade a spade.

I am referring to the RPOF’s Memo of today to national media outlets warning them of the dangers of dealing with, or taking “as credible” anything that rolls out of the cave of one Peter D. Schorsch. Schorsch of course is the blowhard blogger who fancies himself as a journalist when it is convenient, and claims he is not a journalist when it is not. Publisher of the website St.Petersblog, his ego generally arrives about 30 minutes before he does. Schorsch it has also been well documented by multiple media outlets plays loose with the facts, typically ends up being the story for people whom he consults for and has a lengthy criminal background (including Grand Theft, Scheme to Defraud). Bottom line is, he is bad news from his head to his toes.

Pictured: Peter Schorsch. Photo courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Several political candidates and elected officials have told me over the years they advertise on his site because their consultants have said if you do, Schorsch is less likely to write nasty things about you. This is apparently a heck of a way to make a living which Schorsch is fond of bragging about.

So today, the RPOF took on Schorsch with a memo (see below). In response to the memo, and once he got over being excited when he realized he would “be the news” again, Schorsch published on St. Petersblog the following: Continue reading “Schorsch plays loose with the facts”

A referendum that you won’t find on the ballot

Frishe, 63, is a veteran legislator who served six years in the state House in the 1980s, returning to the chamber again in 2006, where he has served since.

Not having his own family money to pump into his campaign, Frishe is being severely outspent by Brandes, who is saturating local TV with well-produced ads, and mailboxes full of slick mailers. Those ads use a tactic out of the tea party playbook — paint your opponent as a career politician and portray yourself as a knight in shining armor who is an agent of change.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, August 11, 2012

Among local contested Republican primaries, one stands out as having a significant impact on the Tampa area. State Senate District 22 pits Jeff Brandes against Jim Frishe; both candidates are sitting members of the state House.

Both legislators are in the real estate business, and both are conservatives, but their similarities stop there.

At just 36, Brandes is a relative newcomer to politics. He’s been in the Legislature just one term and is likely still trying to figure out the maze of hallways in the capitol building. He was an Army Reserve officer who saw duty in Iraq. Family wealth has allowed him to pump over a half-million dollars into his campaign coffers.

Frishe, 63, is a veteran legislator who served six years in the state House in the 1980s, returning to the chamber again in 2006, where he has served since.

Not having his own family money to pump into his campaign, Frishe is being severely outspent by Brandes, who is Continue reading “A referendum that you won’t find on the ballot”

Thank you for making Irreverent Radio a success!

Based on the volume of listener calls who had great questions, and my four terrific guests, the over the airwaves debut of “Irreverent Radio” was a success.

Based on the volume of listener calls who had great questions, and my four terrific guests, the over the airwaves debut of “Irreverent Radio” was a success. Special thanks to my guests, Republican Party of Florida chairman, Lenny Curry;  National Review contributor, Neal Freeman; William March, Tampa Tribune senior political reporter; and Bob Dardenne, chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the University of South Florida, and of course, the management at News Talk 1470 AM 1040.

We’ll be back next Saturday from 1-4 p.m. on News Talk 1470 AM and streeming live on the internet at www.NewsTalkFlorida.com with more guests including state Senator Jack Latvalla and my thoughts about why Newt can’t beat Obama.

Thanks for listening!

Chris Ingram

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 atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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Take more steps to protect our kids

Take more steps to protect our kids

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published October 12, 2011

Last week Joseph Kenneth Oliver Jr. was arrested for aggravated child abuse after he dropped 9-month-old Aaliyah Siler on her head. According to police, Oliver said he was playing with the girl by tossing her in the air when he accidently dropped her. The child began crying. When she wouldn’t quit crying, Oliver took her to the bathroom and intentionally dropped her on her head two times, police say. He then put the battered girl in her crib, where she remained lethargic for several hours before Oliver took her to the hospital.

Little Aaliyah later died, and police have since upgraded the charge against Oliver to first-degree murder.

Oliver is no stranger to police — he has a criminal history that includes multiple charges of domestic violence and a charge of battery on a law enforcement officer. Mr. Rogers he is not.

Unfortunately, cases like Aaliyah’s are all too frequent.

While nothing will bring her back, society has a duty to protect other innocent children, and something needs to be done — quickly.

In Florida we now require Continue reading “Take more steps to protect our kids”

Sen. Latvala is nobody’s lackey

In a body full of undistinguished do-nothings, that’s not really saying much, but Latvala is genuinely a good guy who is smart, capable, independent and well-intentioned.

By Chris Ingram

Special correspondent, The Tampa Tribune

Published June 14, 2011

State Sen. Jack Latvala is one of my favorite members of the Florida legislature. In a body full of undistinguished do-nothings, that’s not really saying much, but Latvala is genuinely a good guy who is smart, capable, independent and well-intentioned.

I haven’t always sung the praises of Latvala. In fact, over coffee last week, he reminded me my Irreverent View column’s endorsement of his opponent last year was the only one he didn’t get.

I’m not afraid to admit I was wrong about him. At the time I thought he was just another career politician climbing the ladder.

During this year’s legislative session Latvala and a few other senators served as something of a speed bump to the heavy-handed tactics of Continue reading “Sen. Latvala is nobody’s lackey”