5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times

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Earlier this week, Tiger Bay hosted Bay News 9’s Al Reuchel and the Times‘ Adam Smith.  It was a free-wheeling, question-driven program chock full of interesting anecdotes and political punditry.

Of course, Adam came across as very, very smart, but it was Reuchel who stole the show.  He was funny, insightful, sharp and aware.

The duo made for a very good program.

Do yourself a favor, review the Times‘ “For A Better Florida” feature previewing the 2012 legislative session.  Then read the Times list of ‘Winners and Losers’ from the session.

Notice how little a connection there is between what the Times thought would happen and what actually did? That’s because, with some exceptions, the newspaper’s coverage, although comprehensive, is inherently reactive.

Be careful, Will Weatheford.

The Times offers this glowing profile of you. Adam Smith named you his Winner of the Week in Florida politics.  And columnist Ernest Hooper was on the television program ‘Florida This Week’ talking about how much he likes you.

Remember the adage, Will, live by the media, die by the media.  When these folks turn on you, and they inevitably will, try to balance what they’re saying then with what they’re writing now.

Speaking of Hooper, he was, inexplicably on the above-mentioned ‘Florida This Week’ program.  Not surprisingly, he took a strong stand in favor of a so-called regional postmark that reads Tampa Bay.

It was almost as if Paul Tash himself wrote Hooper’s talking points.  The more I think about it, I don’t think there is a columnist I find myself disagreeing with more than Hooper.

So, just to set Hooper straight, Tampa Bay is a body of water. People and businesses identify with cities. Perhaps some people might say they’re from “Tampa Bay,” but many people I know tell friends and visitors they live ‘near St. Pete’ or ‘near Tampa.’

Have you checked out the relatively-new Gadgets & Gizmos blog on the Times website. Good stuff there, such as the post ‘5 things you may have missed this past week.’

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.