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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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It’s not that I don’t like Ernest Hooper it’s just that I wish he knew what he was talking about when he writes about Florida politics.  Consider this airball:

The media frenzy surrounding Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race, but it’s no less important.

Threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race? Threatens? The race for the US Senate long ago sucked the oxygen out of the Governor’s race six months ago. They don’t talk about Bill McCollum and Alex Sink on Morning Joe or in the Los Angeles Times.  And to think it’s Ernest Hooper on Florida This Week and not me.

Hooper also is the first Times columnist to take up the newspaper’s side in the looming battle over a proposed city ordinance that would ban panhandling and street vendors.  Look for article after article and editorial after editorial from the Times bemoaning City Hall’s attempt to do something about the panhandling epidemic plaguing St. Petersburg.  There could be a bum on every street corner, so long as the Times retains its ability to use many of these same bums to hawk its Sunday edition.

If PolitiFact is going to weigh in on one party “misquoting” another, as this story does by saying Democrats misquote Bill McCollum, the entire enterprise runs the danger of splitting hairs.

Anyone else worried that TV critic Eric Deggans might melt down next Sunday if the series finale of Lost doesn’t deliver the goods?

Right behind Deggans as the paper’s best blogger has to be Tom Jones and his Two Cents column. Always a must-read on Monday when he recaps a weekend of sports.

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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