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Republican Liberty Caucus of Central East Florida Message Board › Interesting blog article

Interesting blog article

Satellite Beach, FL
Post #: 11
I ran across this blog from the Orlando Sentinel. I hope all our current and future hopeful conservative politicians will take note:

Thanks for nothing
posted by Mike Lafferty on Jun 28, 2009 11:24:36 AM
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Journalists constantly battle the belief that there's some kind of quid pro quo when it comes to advertising and news coverage. Then along comes a story like the one published on Saturday.

Instead of trying to summarize the story, let's let the second and third paragraphs do that:

Friday, managers of black-owned newspapers and radio outlets told Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer there's a simple way to get more attention for conservative issues and candidates: money.

"At the end of the day, it's about money. If you buy advertising, you're more likely to get coverage," said Johnny Hunter, president of the Florida Association of Black Owned Media and publisher of Sarasota's Tempo News.

Thanks for nothing, Mr. Hunter. What a disservice comments like thatdo to the thousands of journalists of all races and ethnicities who do not believe in a pay-to-play model of news reporting. And by the way, some of the sentiments expressed in this story directly contradict the code of ethics of the National Association of Black Journalists.

It's not like the black-owned media don't have legitimate beefs. Kevin Collins of The Orlando Times told state Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer that Republican office-seekers generally ignore calls from his paper's reporters.

"We're a news outlet, and Republican candidates won't return our calls," Collins said. "It gives us the mind-set that we're not important."

A valid point. Too bad it gets watered down by the bogus notion that Republicans, or anyone for that matter, should have to pay up if they expect to see news get published.
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