What do Rick Scott and Justin Bieber have in common, asks American Bridge

in Uncategorized by

What does Justin Bieber and Gov. Rick Scott have in common?

That is the question posed in the new digital video produced by the progressive watchdog group American Bridge 21st Century.

Rick Scott’s refusal to answer reporter questions have made national news, a “story line and a local joke,” they say.

“Even under oath,” according to American Bridge spokesperson Jesse Lehrich, “Scott seemed to take delight in providing non-answer after non-answer to simple, straightforward questions.”

The spot, which runs nearly two minutes, compares the TMZ video of Justin Bieber refusing to answer questions in a deposition with Scott doing essentially the same thing in his 1995 deposition in an anti-trust lawsuit against Columbia/HCA Health, Scott’s former company.

HCA was eventually fined a record $1.7 billion on charges of Medicare fraud.

Both videos have feature both Scott and the teenage pop star saying “I don’t recall” or “I don’t know” repeatedly, in a side-by side contrast. Bieber even said he didn’t recall questions asked earlier in the deposition.

The video is also available on YouTube.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.