As the day comes to an end, not one Tampa Bay Times reporter…

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As the day comes to an end, it’s so very telling to note that not one single reporter who works at the Tampa Bay Times who tweeted in November about the allegations made against me has tweeted that these allegations were dismissed by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the case against me has been closed.

Not the reporter, John Woodrow Cox, who wrote the original piece.

Not Craig Pittman, who tweeted with zeal that I was under investigation for extortion. Not Will Hobson, who echoed Pittman’s tweet. 

Not one single reporter has enough decency to admit, ‘You know what? We may have overstepped here.’

Download and read for yourself how the Sheriff’s Office dismantled the claims against me by Michael Pinson, who was the main source of Cox’s story. Download and read for yourself how all but one of the sources Cox relies on in his story essentially changed their stories from what they told the reporter.

When I received news of the Sheriff’s decision, I wondered how the Times would react. I expected it would write the story as biased as possible. “Blogger gets away with murder,” is what I expected the headline to read. 

But no reaction? I didn’t expect that.

The Times‘ silence is deafening.

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.