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Should Tampa Bay Times have done more to alert authorities about Capitol gyrocopter stunt?

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A Florida newspaper that knew ahead of time that a man planned to fly a gyrocopter into restricted airspace at the U.S. Capitol faced questions Thursday about whether its editors should have used the knowledge to try and stop the risky stunt. The Tampa Bay Times, which posted reporter Ben Montgomery in Washington on Wednesday to document postal worker Doug Hughes‘ self-styled protest flight that landed on the Capitol grounds, said that its responsibility was to cover, not change, the…

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

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News of Mary Brown’s decision not to seek re-election to the Pinellas County School Board is reverberating through the African American community, which viewed Brown as a hero and a pioneer, no matter how ineffective she was in elected office.  As boring as a race for the School Board may be, the Times will make a project out of those who hope to replace Brown.  That’s the way the newspaper works.  It has impact in the statewide races because it…

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

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News of Mary Brown’s decision not to seek re-election to the Pinellas County School Board is reverberating through the African-American community, which viewed Brown as a hero and a pioneer, no matter how ineffective she was in elected office.  As boring as a race for the School Board may be, the Times will make a project out of those who hope to replace Brown.  That’s the way the newspaper works.  It has impact in the statewide races because it is…

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St. Petersburg Times Neil Brown: Newspapers are relevant because, um, ‘coupons come out of a newspaper’

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Check out this op-ed from the recently knighted, err, promoted Neil Brown, whose lead argument for the relevancy of newspapers is that “about three-fourths of all coupons used in the United States come out of a newspaper.”  Reprinted in its entirety because, as much as I love to hate the mainstream media, I am but a remora to the shark that is the St. Petersburg Times. Next week, well over 110 million people in the United States will read some…

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St. Petersburg Times’ Neil Brown: Newspapers are relevant because, um, ‘coupons come out of a newspaper’

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Check out this op-ed from the recently knighted, err, promoted Neil Brown, whose lead argument for the relevancy of newspapers is that “about three-fourths of all coupons used in the United States come out of a newspaper.”  Reprinted in its entirety because, as much as I love to hate the mainstream media, I am but a remora to the shark that is the St. Petersburg Times. Next week, well over 110 million people in the United States will read some…

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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

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

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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