Must-watch: Rick Scott coached during TV interview on basic things he should have known

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A possibly embarrassing story from Orlando TV station WESH: It’s very common for politicians to be coached during these hours-long satellite television segments, where they are interviewed by network and local stations every few minutes.

Coaches typically talk to them about posture and whether or not they’re hitting on bullet points, but one media and political expert said Scott appeared confused and uncomfortable.

The production crew decided to leave Scott’s microphone open between a string of interviews with different stations.

“Can you ask Dawn if many people come from Orlando here?” Scott asked.

Not only did Scott receive coaching about whether or not Orlando residents vacation in the Panhandle, he also got advice on how to explain why he accepted $30 million in marketing money from BP instead of going after potentially billions from TransOcean.

“Just continue to say that what’s best for Florida is to continue to work through the process,” an adviser said. “It just doesn’t make sense.”

“It does seem a little strange,” Rollins College Professor Rick Foglesong said. “It does seem to fit with this image of a governor as someone who is disengaged and aloof.” Continue reading WESH’s story, including the video from this story here.


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