Mad About Money: Rick Scott, Jeff Greene and the Florida Media

Mad About Money: Rick Scott, Jeff Greene and the Florida Media

By Kenric Ward
Sunshine State News

The perpetually left-leaning towers of Florida journalism are falling all over themselves excoriating the evils of money in state politics.

Sunday’s Palm Beach Post and St. Petersburg Times carried commentaries that collectively flailed their new, favorite whipping boys — GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott and Democratic Senate hopeful Jeff Greene.

What exactly is the “problem” with Messrs. Scott and Greene? These guys are billionaires, they’re spending their own money to run for office, and they’re surging in the public opinion polls. How awful.

After impugning their character and sagely counseling Scott and Greene to pay their dues by running for local offices first, the Post’s Frank Cerabino actually started heaping praise on career politicians. What planet is “Bino” from?

The press’s righteous indignation is rich, considering that the mainstreaum media routinely run stories about political fund-raising. These by-the-numbers pieces imply that the more money a candidate raises, the more credibility he or she has. Try running a shoestring campaign and see how much ink you get (unless your name is Bud Chiles, son of a Democratic Party icon). What about digging into real issues? Fuhgetaboutit!

Then there are the endless poll stories. Newspapers and TV play these up, too, further fostering the notion that democracy is little more than a horse race for the masses. And on what are the poll results predicated? Money, of course. The Post-Times axis is shocked — shocked! — that someone could buy enough air time to build name recognition and move up the polls (some of which are sponsored by the media outlets themselves).

Speaking of which, the Post, Times, et al gladly accept political advertising dollars … if only the candidates would throw some their way. The fact that virtually no politicians of any party spend any money on newspaper ads these days exposes the fading influence and readership of these publications. That leaves editorial boards howling in the wind.

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