Was the Times’ Adam Smith’s tweak of the Tampa Tribune really necessary?

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Every now and then, my friend Adam Smith, political editor of the Tampa Bay Times, can be a real pisser.

Case in point, two otherwise throwaway paragraphs from Smith about his competitors across the bay, the Tampa Tribune.

In his Sunday column, Smith wrote about a feature on TampaBay.com that allows readers to search who gave what — and who didn’t — to the Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention.

Smith noted that while the Times contributed $25,000 to help organizers put on the convention in Tampa, “neither the Tampa Tribune nor its former parent company, Media General, contributed a dime.”

Dude, the Trib is broke, yo.

In case Smith missed it — and I know no one in the Times newsroom did — the entire Trib sold for about the cost of five Taco Bells. How can Smith have expected the Tribune to have contributed anything to the RNC? If that newspaper wrote a $25,000 check, you’d hear the boing! of it bouncing from Parker Street to First Avenue South.

Moreover, how could anyone expect the Tampa Tribune to kick-in for an event that was held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. That’ll happen at about the same time Barack Obama’s campaign begins footing the bill for the coffee and donuts at Mitt Romney’s campaign HQ.

Seriously though, it’s just not cool for Smith to muck around in the plight of his journalistic brethren. I remember when Smith, bravely, spoke out about his and his colleagues’ pay being cut 5%. I don’t remember Windy March or Steve Otto or any other Tribune writer reveling in Smith and Co.’s misfortune.

Smith’s tweak of the Trib just wasn’t necessary.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.