Scott, media adjusting to differing ideas on access

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Gov. Rick Scott’s public schedule on Wednesday left out the fact that he was holding a dinner for a group of seven lawmakers at the governor’s mansion that night. To be clear, he didn’t have to include it, or tell anyone about it.

Rigorous as Florida’s public access laws are, they don’t require the governor to announce every event or meeting. But the omission was the latest reflection of the fact that the current governor has his own ideas about the media and public access — ideas that appear to differ from those of his predecessor, Charlie Crist.

“This governor is very goal oriented,” Brian Burgess, communications director for Scott, said in an interview. “We believe there should be a goal for every interview, every interaction with the press. We don’t do interviews for the sake of doing interviews.” Continue reading Catherine Whittenburg’s piece here.

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