5 things I think I think about today’s Tampa Bay Times and other media

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The editorial board will never, ever, EVER give up on the idea of bringing light rail to Pinellas County.

Bill Maxwell interviewed Glen Gilzean, the recent appointee to the Pinellas School Board.

In January, I had a feeling Gov. Rick Scott would botch this appointment, just as his administration has botched other appointments in the area. Maxwell’s conversation with Gilzean doesn’t make me feel any better about his appointment.

Let’s be very honest. Scott  had to appoint an African American to replace the late Lew Williams.  As he should have.  But Scott did not have to appoint someone from outside the community.  Nor did he have to appoint the one black Republican his allies could drum up to apply for the vacancy.  There are a hundred, no, a thousand more qualified individuals for this position.  Not because Gilzean isn’t a capable man. No, it’s because Glen Gilzean is not one of us.

This appointment is a sham and should be undone at the ballot box.

My friend Rep. Jeff Brandes should enjoy this piece in the Perspective section: When a driveless car meets mass transit. Rep. Brandes is the sponsor of legislation which would make it easier for the ‘Google Car’ to be tested in Florida.

What is one way to guarantee positive media coverage for your organization? Just hand Times Publishing Co. CEO Paul Tash a trophy:

The Tampa branch of Equality Florida presented its annual Corporate Voice of Equality award to the Tampa Bay Times during a benefit Saturday at the Italian Club in Ybor City.

In presenting the award, Realtor Charlie Hounchell called the Times a progressive voice for civil rights and human dignity. The award was accepted by Paul Tash, chairman and CEO of Times Publishing Co.

I’m sure we will see similar coverage given to other awards ceremonies which do not involve kissing the newspaper’s ass.

For those of you who haven’t noticed it, keep an eye on the cold war warming up between Progress Energy and the Times. At the heart of the matter is which company will be the B.S.D. in these parts.  Progress has the influence and money, but the Times can write little jabs like this. Or with uppercuts like this.

The novelty of writing about budget “turkeys” just never wears off for some reporters. You don’t have to even read this column by Steve Bousquet and I’m pretty sure you can guess how many times he relies on tries metaphors like “bringing home the bacon.”

Not sure how Adam Smith can still name John Thrasher the political Loser of the Week.  Smith writes:

“The Jacksonville state senator failed in a coup attempt to shove aside Orlando Sen. Andy Gardiner for the 2014 presidency. Gardiner teamed up with former rival Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, who apparently has the pledges to be president in 2016. Thrasher may yet come out on top, though, depending on which side’s candidates win elections.”

Yeah, that’s pretty bad, but that’s nothing compared to having to resign from the Legislature because you were text-stalking a federal prosecutor, as was former Rep. Richard Steinberg.

If ESPN fired the editor who wrote “Chink in the Armor” above a story about Jeremy Lin, what should happen to the genius who wrote this headline:

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.