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Pinellas GOP lawmakers ‘have no respect for open government,’ Times editor says

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A top editor at the Tampa Bay Times fired back Wednesday after Pinellas legislators slammed the paper for calling them “Disciples of Darkness” because of transparency-related and public records measures passed this year. “I understand why they are not happy,” Tim Nickens, the Times editor of editorials, wrote in an email. “They have no respect for open government, and Florida voters have strongly supported open government for decades. They also do not like it when they are held accountable for their own voting records.’’…

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After spiked column, Chris Ingram quits writing for Tampa Bay Times

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Conservative commentator Chris Ingram has penned his last column for the Tampa Bay Times. Ingram announced on his Irreverent View blog that his most recent submission to the paper — a sharply worded takedown of Hillary Clinton’s behavior in relation to Bill Clinton’s checkered sexual history — was rejected by the Times’ editor of editorials, Tim Nickens, earlier this month. Nickens informed Ingram the piece “does not fit in tone or substance.” Now Ingram says he’s done writing for the only daily newspaper publishing in the Tampa Bay region.…

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Tampa Bay Times outperforms all the rest in statewide media competition

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The Tampa Bay Times won more awards than any other large-circulation news group in the state in the Florida Society of News Editors competition this year. According to the paper, the Times took away 12 first-place awards and 29 others. Among the first-place finishers this year were Adam Smith and Michael Kruse for work in the Features and Arts Writing category under “Knowing Charlie Crist.” Times’ coverage of the Florida State University shooting took home a first place finish under…

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St. Petersburg Times editorial board riles judicial candidates by grouping endorsement interviews

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It must be really, really hard working as an editorial writer for the St. Petersburg Times.  Imagine the difficult of having to collaborate with five or six other people (none of whom are African-American, by the way, for those of you keeping score at home.  The Times makes such a big deal about diversity, yet it’s own editorial board is lily white now that Bill Maxwell has retired) to pen not just one, but two, sometimes three editorials.  Three editorials!  That’s like,…

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Inconceivable: Florida’s media’s view on Crist vs. Meek vs. Rubio or why Adam Smith isn’t always right

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Two weeks ago, I posted a story about the ongoing negotiations between New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s advisors and Charlie Crist’s campaign about Hizzoner possibly endorsing the People’s Governor.  The story quickly went viral, making its way to Politico and the Washington Post, as well as the St. Petersburg Times, which dismissed the story out-of-hand based on the quote of Bloomberg advisor Howard Wolfson: After a St. Petersburg blogger reported a likely endorsement, we asked Deputy New York Mayor Howard Wolfson about…

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Inconceivable: Florida’s media’s view on Charlie Crist vs. Kendrick Meek vs. Marco Rubio or why Adam Smith isn’t always right

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Two weeks ago, I posted a story about the ongoing negotiations between New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s advisors and Charlie Crist’s campaign about Hizzoner possibly endorsing the People’s Governor.  The story quickly went viral, making its way to Politico and the Washington Post, as well as the St. Petersburg Times, which dismissed the story out-of-hand based on the quote of Bloomberg advisor Howard Wolfson: After a St. Petersburg blogger reported a likely endorsement, we asked Deputy New York Mayor Howard Wolfson about…

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

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I was ghastly ill over the weekend (why do I always get sick in May?), so today’s edition is a blend of commentary from Sunday and Monday’s editions of the St. Petersburg Times. As always, the best read on Monday comes via Tom Jones and his “Shooting from the lip” column.  A full page of insight into the world of sports that you didn’t already know from watching ESPN. Worst read is, as usual, Ernest Hooper’s banal column. Speaking of…

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