Unfit “tone and substance” for the Tampa Bay Times

One-sided journalism is propaganda, not journalism.

Editors note:  I submitted the following as my bi-monthly column submission to the Tampa Bay Times two weeks ago. The editor rejected the column saying it “does not fit in tone or substance.” I pointed out to the editor that the subject matter was in the ultra-liberal New York Times (and referenced in the column) days earlier. I further pointed out that the Tampa Bay Times has a regular columnist who frequently calls names, bashes Republicans and makes baseless claims, while my rejected column does none of that.

 mullet-wrapper_editedThe editor later said they would be running the New York Times piece in the Sunday opinion section, which they did.

Not surprisingly, subsequent to my rejected column with its “unfit tone and substance,” the Tampa Bay Times has run multiple front page stories and editorials on unproven allegations of sexual harassment against Donald Trump. 

Regardless, the Tampa Bay Times’ decision is an example of a today’s liberal media. They embrace thought-provoking differences of opinion — so long as those opinions are theirs, and they conform with the propaganda it calls journalism. I have notified the Tampa Bay Times‘ editor that I will no longer be writing for the paper. One-sided opinion is merely propaganda and is not something I wish to be associated with. Shame on me really, what should I have expected from a paper that in over 100 years of existence has never endorsed a Republican for president or governor of the state of Florida?

I have cancelled my subscription to the Tampa Bay Times. You can do so by calling this number: 1-800-888-7012.

Images were not included in column submission.

Here is the column: 

Hillary Clinton’s hypocrisy

Last year, while addressing the press in Iowa, Hillary Clinton said, “Today I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault… don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have the right to be heard. You have the right to be believed and we’re with you.”

But practicing what she preaches has never been Mrs. Clinton’s strong suit. As it relates to addressing sexual predators, she has taken a blind-eye to the one who is most front and center in her life: her husband Bill Clinton.

Out on the campaign trail, Donald Trump has tried to make an issue of Mr. Clinton’s behavior, but he is not making the connection as to why it is relevant in this year’s campaign for the White House.

The relevancy is not the fact that Mr. Clinton has been accused of rape (by Juanita Broderick and Eileen Wellstone), has engaged in what can only be characterized as workplace sexual harassment (in the cases of Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky), as well as groping (Kathleen Wiley, Christy Zercher, Sandra Allen James), not to mention claims of extramarital affairs; no, what is relevant is Mrs. Clinton’s behavior as it relates to her husband’s misogyny. Because she is right. Victims of sexual assault (and harassment), have the right to be heard, and the right to be believed.

But over the years, Mrs. Clinton has chosen to not help women who are victims of her husband’s assaults. Instead, she has vilified and denounced those women who have accused him of rape, abuse, and workplace harassment. She once referred to Flowers as a “bimbo” and “trailer park trash,” and referred to Lewinksy as a “narcissistic loony toon.” Her husband has admitted to relations with both women – both of whom were under his employ at the time of his mistreatment.

Imagine for a moment if a prominent Republican had been accused of rape, sexual harassment in the workplace, or had carried on with a young intern. No doubt, liberals, feminists, and Hillary Clinton would have certainly (and appropriately) condemned them, called for investigations, resignation, etc., and would have repeatedly reminded us that the victim was the woman.

Over the years, Mrs. Clinton has repeatedly had the chance to stand up for her husband’s victims, but she has done none of that. Instead, she has chosen to ignore what’s right for victims, in favor of what is best for her and her political aspirations by defending her husband and attacking the victims.

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According to a report in the October 2, 2016 New York Times, “Outwardly, [Mrs. Clinton] remained stoic and defiant, defending her husband while a progression of women and well-funded conservative operatives accused Mr. Clinton of behavior unbecoming the leader of the free world.

But privately, she embraced the Clinton campaign’s aggressive strategy of counterattack: Women who claimed to have had sexual encounters with Mr. Clinton would become targets of digging and discrediting — tactics that women’s rights advocates frequently denounce.

The campaign hired a private investigator with a bare-knuckles reputation who embarked on a mission, as he put it in a memo, to impugn Ms. Flowers’s ‘character and veracity until she is destroyed beyond all recognition.’”bill-clintons-victims-2

While nothing Mrs. Clinton says is, in my opinion, credible, and her actions or inaction on sexual assault victims won’t change my vote, I am dumbfounded by the number of women who claim to be feminists who are willing to give Mrs. Clinton a pass.

Perhaps having blinders on and being in denial about Mrs. Clinton’s pathetic actions involving her husband’s misogynistic behavior makes it easier to cast a ballot for her; but it sends a terrible message to young and impressionable women who look up to Mrs. Clinton as role model.

“Don’t let anyone silence your voice,” she says. Unless that is, she is doing the silencing and the silence benefits her. Mrs. Clinton’s hypocrisy suggests she’s just fine with it remaining a man’s world.

Chris Ingram is a columnist, Republican political consultant, and political analyst for Bay News 9.

Finally! The media gets it right about the two biggest losers in politics!

Scorsch who routinely and unapologetically lies publicly to the press, who owes nearly $68,000 in outstanding fines to the Florida Elections Commission, who six years pleaded no contest to grand thef and scheming to defraud charges. Really?

Ready for the NFL, Charlie Crist?

Friday, October 25, 2013 3:40pm

“Welcome to the NFL,” Charlie Crist used to say of Marco Rubio, when the insurgent Republican complained about Crist’s attacks in 2010.

We’re just days away from Crist announcing his campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and it’s unclear whether Crist will be playing like he’s in the NFL or the Pop Warner League.

Looks like blogger/consultant/man about town Peter Schorsch pulled the permit for Crist’s first campaign rally/announcement. Now I’m a big fan of Schorsch’s web site and more than once  have enjoyed a martini or three with Schorsch.

But Crist already has a history of lousy judgement in leaning heavily dubious supporters (Scott Rothstein, Jim Greer, Alan Mendelsohn, Greg Eagle) who have a knack for winding up in prison. Count on that to be part of the campaign against him over the next 12 months.

Still, for his very campaign event Crist turned to Scorsch who routinely and unapologetically lies publicly to the press, who owes nearly $68,000 in outstanding fines to the Florida Elections Commission, who six years pleaded no contest to grand thef and scheming to defraud charges. Really?

Crist today launched a Web site, CharlieCrist.com. What struck us first about it  is that it included no disclosure text saying who funded, as is required for campaign sites. Crist is in gray area as an unannounced candidate, of course, but it seems the campaign felt a little uneasy about the disclosure rules too. The site has been amended to say: “Paid for Personally by Charlie Crist.” (Click here for the full story in the Tampa Bay Times)

Feel free to leave your comments about this story here.

Lunch with Jim Davis this Fri.

The lunch group is informal but we have some loose/suggested criteria. They are: You should either be a card-carrying Republican, professed libertarian, a conservative, or someone who thinks our country is currently going down the toilet because most of the politicians (both Rs and Ds) we elect are a bunch of bums and morons (think Barack Obama and John Boehner) who are more concerned with their own egos, their own image, and getting re-elected than they are concerned about the future of the next generation. You can be a liberal Republican, or a conservative Democrat, a limousine liberal, or even a card-carrying socialist — though the rest of us may wonder what is wrong with you if you are one of those; still, you’re welcome anyway (seriously, all are welcome, we’re just having some fun here).

Please join me for lunch with former Congressman Jim Davis who will be the speaker at the next Irreverent View lunch on Friday, January 11, 2013. Davis will share his views on the fiscal cliff, the economy, budget, and other things related to politics and government. Davis is just the second Democrat to speak at an I.V. lunch. The first Democrat to attend was Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn – who set a new I.V. lunch attendance record.

Photo: Jim Davis

About the lunch*

The lunch group is informal but we have some loose/suggested criteria. They are: You should either be a card-carrying Republican, professed libertarian, a conservative, or someone who thinks our country is currently going down the toilet because most of the politicians (both Rs and Ds) we elect are a bunch of bums and morons (think Barack Obama and John Boehner) who are more concerned with their own egos, their own image, and getting re-elected than they are concerned about the future of the next generation. You can be a liberal Republican, or a conservative Democrat, a limousine liberal, or even a card-carrying socialist — though Continue reading “Lunch with Jim Davis this Fri.”

You’re invited! I.V. lunch speaker Tedd Webb. RSVP today!

Join me for lunch with the co-host of the best morning show in America, Tedd Webb. You’ve heard Tedd on-air on WFLA-970 for years, now come hear him in person as he provides his unique (and very irreverent) views on the upcoming presidential election, and other things related to politics and governement.

Mark your calendar, the guest speaker at the next Irreverent View lunch is our most irreverent guest ever!  And you’re invited! Please RSVP today! Send an email to Chris@IrreverentView.com if you would like to attend.

Tedd Webb

Join me for lunch with the co-host of the best morning show in America, Tedd Webb on Thursday, November 1. You’ve heard Tedd on-air on WFLA-970 for years, now come hear him in person as he provides his unique (and very irreverent) views on the upcoming presidential election, and other things related to politics and government.

About the lunch*: The lunch group is informal but we have some loose/suggested criteria. They are: Continue reading “You’re invited! I.V. lunch speaker Tedd Webb. RSVP today!”

Obama’s American vs. American campaign comes to Tampa

Sixteen trillion ($16) in debt and growing. Someday, the Saudi’s, the Chinese, and the institutional investors here and abroad who buy our debt are going to want their money back — our kids are going to get stuck with the bill.

We can do better.

Mitt Romney is far from perfect, but lets give him a chance. Obama’s theme is forward, but he’s always looking in the rear-view mirror.

Forget about “Hope and Change” or even “Forward,” this campaign is all about fear, envy, and hate — of the people who pay the bills.

By Chris Ingram

Forget about what you hear on the TV news tonight or read in tomorrow’s papers, the Obama rally in Tampa this morning was nothing but pure class-warfare, with a dose of gender politics (claiming the GOP is anti-woman), and a pinch of “Mediscare” for good measure.

Photo: Obama knows this much — this election is all about turn-out. Have you voted?

But relax…this is what desperate campaigns do when their backs are against the wall.

They also urge their people to get out to vote, and by most accounts the Democrats are doing a better job at getting their people to vote by mail, early vote, and get their people to the polls.

Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-Tampa) went so far as to remind voters that this Sunday is “Souls to the Polls” day. That’s when the Democrat Party will be sending buses to churches (the name of the event suggests black churches), to take them to vote at early voting stations. Good for them. It’s their right.

Republicans on the other hand probably don’t need such a coordinated effort because Continue reading “Obama’s American vs. American campaign comes to Tampa”

Understanding Obama-nomics

ABBOTT: The unemployed.

COSTELLO: But they are ALL out of work.

ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.

COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles that would count as less unemployment?

Understanding Obama-nomics — Abbott and Costello style circa 2012.

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COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.

ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 8.1%.

COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?

ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.

COSTELLO: You just said 8.1%.

ABBOTT: 8.1% Unemployed.

COSTELLO: Right 8.1% out of work.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.

COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 14.7% unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, that’s 8.1%.

COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 8.1% or14.7%?

ABBOTT: 8.1% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.

COSTELLO: IF you are out of work you are unemployed.

ABBOTT: No, Obama said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to Continue reading “Understanding Obama-nomics”

Local Republicans have say in state GOP leadership races

Steve Simon and Hoe Brown represent an opportunity for some fresh voices, new ideas, and people with real-world experience to serve on the much maligned Republican Party of Florida’s state committee.

Irreverent View endorses Hoe Brown and Steve Simon for state committee

By Chris Ingram

With so many high-profile contested races on the GOP primary ballot, local Republicans may have a hard time figuring out whom to vote for in the lower-profile races that don’t get much money or media attention.

Way down on the ballot, Republicans in every Florida county have the opportunity to vote for two state committee members who will represent their county at the Republican Party of Florida. The position carries no government authority and is unpaid.

If your ballot is similar to mine, the state committee position may be on the back page of the ballot, and if you don’t know to look for it, you might miss it.

The position of state committeeman/woman is important in as much as Continue reading “Local Republicans have say in state GOP leadership races”