La Gaceta takedowns the Tampa Trib editorial board for endorsing anti-choice Amendment 6

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It’s unfortunate that there is not an online version of Patrick Manteiga’s La Gaceta to link to, because Manteiga’s takedown of the Tampa Tribune‘s editorial board’s endorsement of Amendment 6 deserves every page view it would receive.

With apologies to Manteiga, here is his screed:

The all-male editorial board of the valued at less-than-$10 million Tampa Tribune urges a “yes” vote on Amendment 6, which would put a prohibition on the public funding of abortions in the Florida Constitution and creates an exception to the State Constitution’s guaranteed right to privacy when it comes to a female’s health care decision regarding abortion.

The call-it-a-bargain Tribune calls it, “modest restraints.” So when are they going to advertise chasity belts on their editorial page? “She walks like a woman, but talks like a man,” would be the Kinks’ way to describe Moter Trib’s endorsement of “modest restraints.”

The Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Gainesville Sun, Tampa Bay Times and La Gaceta strongly disagree with the Tampa Tribune. In fact, we couldn’t find a major Florida newspaper that concurs with the discounted Tribune.

… Women still have a choice in Florida. The should let the Tribune’s new owners know that their choice doesn’t only extend to their bodies, but also to their reading material.

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.