Repeat: I will not criticize Harris Media, I will not criticize Harris Media, I will not…

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The grinding sound you’re hearing is me biting my tongue.

“I will not criticize Harris Media. I will not criticize Harris Media.”

I figure if I say it enough, it will keep me from writing what I want to write about Harris Media.

When new media firm Harris Media first announced that it was hanging out a shingle in Tallahassee, I was unabashed enthusiast.  This website was (I believe) the first outlet to carry their press release announcing their move. In another post, I argued that Harris Media’s arrival in the Capital was “one of the most important developments” in Florida’s burgeoning new media industry.

Since then, I have been highly critical of Harris Media. Of course, Vincent Harris makes it easy to do so.  Remember, there was:

Stealing Tim Pawlenty’s look for a website for Rick Scott.

Launching said website without approval from the RPOF, which — small thing here — is in the disclaimer as having approved the site.

Trading on the Governor’s daughter’s last name.

In addition, Harris Media was responsible for George LeMieux’s shaky entry into horrible media and, according to several Republican Party of Florida senior consultants and staffers, completely screwing up the online registration system for Presidency 5.  And, while I can’t prove, I have it on good authority that Harris Media had been using Rick Scott’s databases for its new client, George LeMieux.

“I will not criticize Harris Media. I will not criticize Harris Media.”

After I wrote about all of this, Vincent Harris accused me of trashing him because he did not advertise on my site – an odd accusation since Harris’ clients did advertise on my site.

Regardless, I reached out to Vincent and told him I’d lay off.  For a while there, it was all quiet on the Harris Media front.

Then, Harris and Co. decided to get cute.

As reported by the Huffington Post, “Rick Scott’s Facebook managers posted an image containing a doctored Miami Herald headline Tuesday, prompting the paper’s managing editor to demand it be removed.”

Rick Scott’s Facebook managers = Harris Media.

“I will not criticize Harris Media. I will not criticize Harris Media.”

What’s truly rich about all of this is that the Republican Party of Florida has paid Harris Media $68,000 to manage Rick Scott’s Facebook and Twitter operations.

Sixty-eight large!

It’s because of that that I choose to not criticize Harris Media.  In fact, let me compliment Vincent Harris and his colleagues.  They have been paid $68,000 and all they have done is create at least five different substantial negative media hits for their clients.

So you’ll hear no criticism from me, just congratulations for keeping your freakin’ jobs.

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.