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With Scott Wagman’s profile in Sunday edition, first sign of Times’ bias displayed

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Less than a dozen people actually care which one of the St. Pete mayoral candidates would be featured in the Sunday edition of the St. Petersburg Times — the edition with the broader distribution than the rest of the week’s. But I do care because my guy is not in the Sunday edition, instead it was Scott Wagman. Is it a coincidence that the article was written by Adam Smith, who, in the past, has been in the bag for Wag’s wagger Mitch Kates? I don’t think so.

I just want to know how this order was determined. Certainly it wasn’t done by alphabetical order. Why did the editors skip a day other than to allow Wag’s to run on Sunday. If I’m Deveron Gibbons, I’d like to know why I got dumped into Saturday, especially when it’s likely that second-tier candidates Congemi, Haak and Russ will get weekday runs.

Don’t tell me the Times doesn’t play favorites. I’m just surprised they tipped their hand this early.



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.

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