This blog post is painful to write. Each keystroke literally hurts my fingers. But it must be written.
Blogger Javier Manjarres deserves to be treated as a member of the press by the Charlie Crist campaign and the Florida Democratic Party.
I know, I know. I almost threw up in my mouth while typing that sentence. But it’s true and it’s the right thing to do.
Twice in the last two weeks, Manjarres, the incoherent, supposedly conservative South Florida blogger, has been tossed out of events by the Crist campaign and/or the FDP.
The oft-idiotic, almost-impossible-to-read Manjarres was asked to leave a “unity rally” in Ft. Lauderdale starring Crist, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and other prominent Florida Democrats. FDP Political Director Christian Ulvert did the deed, saying Majarres is not credentialed media, but rather working for Rick Scott’s campaign.
Writing, if that’s what we are to call it, about this bouncing, Manjarres commended the Crist campaign for, up until that point, not barring Manjarres from events.
That is, until Friday.
At former president Bill Clinton’s rally for Crist, Manjarres was again asked to leave an event.
While I disagree with Caputo’s implying that Manjarres is harmless, I do agree with his assessment that it’s foolish to kick out any credentialed member of the press, which, unfortunately for civil discourse, Manjarres is.
Dude has a state-issued press pass (just like this blogger). He has a blog some people think is worth reading. He actually does a commendable job getting off his a** and going to events to report on them (or whatever it is he does).
He deserves to be credentialed by the Crist campaign and the Florida Democratic Party and he should not be asked to leave events.
I know what you some of you may be thinking: I’m only standing up for Manjarres because I don’t want to see the Florida GOP or Rick Scott campaign do the same thing to me.
First of all, never, ever, put Javier Manjarres and I on the same level. I employ eleven content creators and journalists who work on three separate political news websites. Manjarres is a glorified wedding videographer.
Second, the Florida GOP would actually be more within its rights to bar me, someone married to a senior advisor to the Crist campaign, from its events than Democrats are to kick out Manjarres, who, at least according to public records, is not employed by any campaigns. But the Florida GOP has never, ever even hinted at keeping me out of events.
Barring reporters from events is not the Charlie Crist way. He has always been one of the most open and transparent candidates. Most political reporters have his cell phone on speed dial. He’s never been afraid of reporters, hecklers or, for that matter, bloggers.
<Gulp> Free Javier!