The Tampa Bay Times coverage of RNC on its website sorely behind its print coverage, blogger argues

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This morning, I tweeted:

@saintpetersblog: Today’s Tampa Bay Times is, perhaps, best edition of a local newspaper since September 12, 2001 #sayfie

That hyperbole did not sit well with my blogging colleague Benjamin Kirby, who offered this dissent:

…Editor of Editorials Tim Nickens was going on and on about how we should all just jump right out of bed and run down to pick up our latest copy of the paper.  Sure, it’s got a remarkable piece from former Governor Empty Chair Charlie Crist.  He’s urging us to forget about his abandonment of a state with one of the lowest tax burdens in the country in the name of draconian tax cuts local economies are still struggling with, as the cuts came just before the economic crash.

Intermingled in the Nickens’ Tweets were these over-the-top gems from Peter Schorsch:

Today’s Tampa Bay Times is, perhaps, best edition of a local newspaper since September 12, 2001 #sayfie

Readers of the @TB_Times should purchase an extra copy of todays edition to save & one day show your grandchildren, ‘This is how we lived!’

I’m not sure I’d compare the imagery of Ted Peter’s Smoked Fish — just down the road from me — closing up shop in anticipation of Isaac to the horrific images of 9/11, but that’s fine.

And if you want your grandkids to know that the Republican nominee for President couldn’t spell — and that “the best edition of a local newspaper” couldn’t catch a simple spelling error on the front page footer advertisement, then by all means, save this one:


America’s “Comback” Team, really?

To be fair, I haven’t seen the hard copy.  Maybe Team Mittens was spared the humilation there.

Memo to Tim and Peter, though: set down the newsprint, wipe off the ink stains and open a browser.

And then someone get the copywriters on the line.  Maybe Tim can do it while he’s still in his pajamas in the bedroom.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.