Monthly Archives: May 2014

New dogs, old tricks

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?


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City election 2014 – The wrath of sour grapes

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.

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