Yes, as if to prove my point in the previous post about “puppyhood and high turnover,” TV20 already has a new litter of puppies and they seem to be fresh from the shelter.
One of the whelps was assigned to the City Commission’s swearing-in ceremony. He reported that new, just-sworn-in commissioner Craig Carter was designated Mayor Pro-tem. (Had no clue that that never happens to a commissioner who hasn’t sat through even one complete meeting yet, nor, apparently, can he tell the difference between Craig Carter and Todd Chase, the real Mayor Pro-tem.)
And just today (5/30) on the “Nooze at Nyoone” (that’s really how they say it) another newborncaster read about a man who’d been charged with “lewd and luh-vay-shus” behavior. (I have to write it phonetically since it’s not a real word.) She exuded the same innocent self-confidence as a puppy that’s just peed on the carpet. Wow. Sad. And funny. At the same time.
Ahhh, puppies. So cute. How can anyone be mad at them?
Here’s how TV20 anchor Paige Beck began the local newscast April 24: “A small group of politically active supporters of Gainesville Commissioner-elect Helen Warren found a legal way around Alachua County campaign finance limits just before her runoff election.” (The emphasis is in her reading – see for yourself.)
Cut to serious reporter Trent Kelly: “This is all legal, David and Paige, but this money maneuver involved one county commissioner who is also campaigning to reform these same PACs.”
In the next five hyperventilating, self-important minutes we learn that South Forward, a political action committee based in South Carolina, received about $6,000 from Gainesville donors and spent the money on mailers and robo-calls urging voters in eastern Gainesville to support Helen Warren over Annie Orlando.
About mid-way through the report we get the incisive synopsis: “It’s a way for people with money to wield more influence.”
Unfortunately, this report and The Gainesville Sun‘s desperate “me, too” follow-up utterly failed to see the forest for the low-lying shrubbery.
And I’ll prove it.