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If the Times cares about poor people, why publish their mugshot?

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

As is often the case, the left hand doesn’t always know what the right hand is writing. Case in point is today’s noble editorial in the SPTimes bemoaning the fact that several courts in Florida have resurrected the de facto debtor’s prison, in which thousands of Floridians are jailed for failing to pay assessed court fees and fines. Yet, this editorial comes from the same newspaper which just launched an online feature for readers to view the mugshots of the poor souls who traffic through the local jails.

The left hand writes this worthwhile editorial while the right hand profits from the pictures of the poor people the editorial believes don’t necessarily belong in jail.

This is worse than mugshot journalism, this is hypocrisy at its gut-wrenching worst. This is the Baltimore Sun in The Wire. This is Eugene Patterson rolling over in his grave. Shame on you, St. Petersburg Times.

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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