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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I missed yesterday, so today is a bit of a blend of commentary on the last two day’s editions. The biggest news, although it’s not surprising, concerns the Times itself: Neil Brown being named Executive Editor.  I just love the way this story was handled by the Times, as if, ho-hum, we’re just naming another staff position, there’s nothing to see here.  In a town this size (thank you John Prine), and in a community as heavily influenced by the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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I missed yesterday, so today is a bit of a blend of commentary on the last two day’s editions. The biggest news, although it’s not surprising, concerns the Times itself: Neil Brown being named Executive Editor.  I just love the way this story was handled by the Times, as if, ho-hum, we’re just naming another staff position, there’s nothing to see here.  In a town this size (thank you John Prine), and in a community as heavily influenced by the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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It’s not that I don’t like Ernest Hooper it’s just that I wish he knew what he was talking about when he writes about Florida politics.  Consider this airball: The media frenzy surrounding Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race, but it’s no less important. Threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race? Threatens? The race for the US Senate long ago sucked the oxygen out of the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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It’s not that I don’t like Ernest Hooper it’s just that I wish he knew what he was talking about when he writes about Florida politics.  Consider this airball: The media frenzy surrounding Gov. Charlie Crist’s independent bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race, but it’s no less important. Threatens to draw attention away from the governor’s race? Threatens? The race for the U.S. Senate long ago sucked the oxygen out of the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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You don’t realize how lacking for original commentary the St. Petersburg Times is until Howard Troxler goes on vacation.  This is the Achilles Heal of the newspaper — the holes in its lineup of columnists.  Sue Carlton is the Columnist Who Isn’t There and Ernest Hooper is, like the dude in this spoof of the New York Times, just a Cool Black Guy. PolitiFact may wins awards, but columnists sell newspapers and there isn’t a metro columnist writing for the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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You don’t realize how lacking for original commentary the St. Petersburg Times is until Howard Troxler goes on vacation.  This is the Achilles Heal of the newspaper — the holes in its lineup of columnists.  Sue Carlton is the Columnist Who Isn’t There and Ernest Hooper is, like the dude in this spoof of The New York Times, just a Cool Black Guy. PolitiFact may wins awards, but columnists sell newspapers and there isn’t a metro columnist writing for the…

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5 things I think I think about today’s St. Petersburg Times

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So a mid-level editor (with whom I am friendly) at the Times called and e-mailed me yesterday to “warn” me that my criticism of assistant metro editor Sandra Gadsden did not go unnoticed.  Add this criticism to my recent “outing” of Times food critic Laura Reiley’s decision to take a leave of absence and, he said, I may be tempting fate again.  Meaning the Times may want to write something about me just to take me down a notch.  The…

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