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5 things I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times (6/14)

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Monday’s St. Petersburg Times reminds me why I relented and signed up for a subscription.

Of course, the horrifying stories of the Church of Scientology urging women to have abortions is must-read.  But so is Tom Jones’ Shooting from the Lip coverage of a weekend of televised sports.

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.

So, according to Hooper, what Scott is doing is “talking to the people” rather than using attack ads.  I guess Hooper missed this web video from the Scott camp.  Or this web video. Etc., etc.

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 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 solcitation ban.  The story gets 6 paragraphs and is tuck 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…

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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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