Just another example of the Tampa Bay Times’ bias against blogs and new media…

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Congratulations to my friends Kartik Krishnaiyer and Dave Trotter of the Political Hurricane — they now know what it’s like to be dissed by the good folks at the Tampa Bay Times.

On Friday, political editor Adam Smith published a blog entry on the Buzz crediting Krishnaiyer and Trotter’s “excellent blog” (Smith’s words) for its influence in the heated race for the chairmanship of the Florida Democratic Party.  In the post, titled, “5 things we think about the race for Fla Dem chair,” Smith wrote:

“Political influence comes from all directions. One of the more striking elements of this heated race has been the role of a relatively new political blog, the Political Hurricane run by former Democratic operatives. It has relentlessly blasted Tant over everything from a few donations to Republicans to supposedly being a puppet of inept consultants long-favored by party leaders.

“It’s an excellent blog that has had party regulars buzzing – and it was founded by a little known former consultant, Dave Trotter, who voted for Ralph Nader over Obama in 2008. It’s stunning that someone who voted against Obama in 2008 because he considered him too conservative would presume to know what’s best for Florida’s most loyal Democrats.”

That’s about as far as a Timesman has ever gone in crediting a new media source, so Smith deserves credit for even h/t’ing the Political Hurricane. Of course, Smith could have included a always-helpful hyperlink from the Buzz, but let’s forgive this oversight.

Anyway, notice how Smith’s blog post is titled “5 things…”? Well, by the time his work made its way into the printed edition of the newspaper, it became four things. Guess which bullet point was cut? That’s right, the one which acknowledged the influence of a blog.

Pretty dick, huh? Unfortunately, its standard form over at the Times. I long ago stopped bitchin’ about it when it happened to me. But since this incident popped another blog’s cherry, I thought it was worth pointing out.

At least, I can take comfort knowing it’s been nothing personal against me all of these years. Yeah, right.

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.