Monday’s St. Petersburg Times reminds me why I relented and signed up for a subscription.
What’s not must-read: Ernest Hooper’s Monday column continues to disappoint. It’s not that Hooper writes anything provoking or ridiculous. It’s that, with the real-estate granted to Hooper, his column should just explode off the page. Take for example this paragraph
Scott’s money and polling numbers show GOP opponent Bill McCollum that speaking to the people garners more momentum than attack ads.
This is my consistent criticism of Hooper: when he starts wading into the deep end of the pool, he just doesn’t know what he is talking about, as evidenced by this latest analysis or the factually incorrect statement about how Charlie Crist could run as an Independent if he lost the GOP primary — a statement that warranted an official correction from the newspaper.
What else is not must-read: the Times barely mentions that 40 protesters gathered outside of their downtown offices on a Sunday morning to complain about Times Publishing Co.’s decision to sue the City of St. Petersburg over the solicitation ban. The story gets 6 paragraphs and is tucked inside 3B. Now, if 40 protesters gathered at City Hall or outside Bill Foster’s home, it would be a front-page frekin’ story. The newspaper doesn’t want you to know there is a backlash brewing against their actions.
Just like the newspaper won’t publish the surveillance photos (obtained by Saint Petersblog) showing their street vendors violating safety and traffic laws.
On a final note today, I wanted to share with my readers a blip I received from outgoing Times food critic Laura Reiley. Unfortunately, Reiley, using her personal e-mail account, attempted to pick a fight with me and couldn’t get her facts straight when doing so, so I can’t publish her comments. Let’s just say that Reiley is still not very happy about me breaking the story about her leaving the newspaper for a year (yeah right!). She is especially not pleased that I posted the information on her blog.
Well, know this Laura, it was several of your colleagues at First Avenue South, who sent me the notice about you leaving, so what does that say about what they think about you.
In other words, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out of town.
Oh, by the way, if you want a little laugh, take a look at Laura’s fledgling attempt at a blog.
P.S. Jeff Testerman, I know exactly where Navy Veterans shakedown artist Bobby Thompson is…