Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Why I gave up on NPR

Not very many of those people in the rural red states listen or more importantly contribute to their local NPR station.

St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin

I finally did it. I have pulled the plug on National Public Radio. More accurately, all the radios in my home are no longer tuned to an NPR station, and I have dumped the local NPR TV affiliate.

I stuck with NPR through the presidential election as the "fair and balanced" approach gradually disintegrated into a left-leaning  denial of all this country is about.

I suspect that it is true that not very many of those people in the rural red states listen or more importantly contribute to their local NPR station.

See from the media research center: NPR Admits a Liberal Bias.

The highly educated liberal elites who managed public media were appalled at the possibility of a person like Trump even running for president, and as he won the primary after primary, their level of frustration and consternation fomented into what became an attack on the right and the mainstream of our society.

As all of this unfolded on NPR, their local affiliates who are mostly college and university supported radio stations and who rarely raise their head up long enough to get a real view of what's going on accepted the barrage of left wing reporting and generally followed suit.

One of the things rarely heard on local public radio is the students from the colleges that own and operate these media outlets. They have simply become the media outlet of the educational and political elites.

After the election was over, I thought there was a small chance that NPR the powers at be would be less biased but watching Gwen Iffil, God rest her soul, and Judy Woodruff wince every time they had to say something positive about the Trump administration has just become too much for me.

A parade of anti Republican, anti Trump, anti change guests, hosts, commentators and panel members have all but converted NPR in to a media arm of the democratic party. It has been hard for them to accept that they lost the election.

Granted NPR and the Corporation for Public Broad Casting has always had a liberal bent but given that the fact, that NPR and many of its local affiliates are publicly supported it just seems odd that their coverage of this election and  politics in general would become so openly biased.

I made very small contribution to the local NPR affiliate WEDU in the past but no more. Those of you who dutifully stroke a check or have a recurring payment to an NPR affiliate might want to take a minute or two and actually listen to the product you are supporting you may be surprised.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

John Morgan, "I may want to be your Governor"

The draft Morgan effort caught the usually unflappable Morgan a bit off guard, but he is certainly not writing off the thought.

St. Petersburg Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
In Search of Robin
 Disclosure: We used the Morgan and Morgan law firm in an auto accident insurance settlement a few years ago.
Attorney John Morgan, the guy who smiles at you from all those billboards and comes into your living room with folksy advice and rock hard legal services may want to be your next governor.
The draft Morgan effort caught the usually unflappable Morgan a bit off guard, but he is certainly not writing off the thought.
"Since Monday, the outpouring of encouragement to run for governor has been overwhelming and unexpected," wrote Morgan, who has never held elective office. "It is either extremely flattering that so many people put such faith in me, or sad that people have so little faith in the typical politicians of both parties who are expected to seek the office."
But, he added, "Before I go down this road any further I need a lot of time to think about it. There are obvious drawbacks and hurdles," John Morgan.

Reaction was swift and more or less predictable. See: Tampa Bay Times, Adam Smith, Add Morgan to list of potential governors
 You can see John Morgan's Bio at For the People.
In an initial social media and web site posting  requesting support and funds, quickly garnered 2000 responses, one of them mine.
There will be all the obvious comparisons to Trump outsider, rich, successful probably fewer comparisons to Rick Scott, who lead the outsider effort in Florida.
The interest in Morgan continues a trend toward less emphasis on the political class, which has been in charge of government for far too many decades.
Just the thought of someone with Morgan's reputation of fighting for the little guy, and name recognition throws shivers into the Democratic establishment. Who would consider a run against Morgan in the democratic primary?
 Bob Buckhorn?     Seriously?
Same on the Republican side. Who would the Republicans want to put up against Morgan?
Even better question what Republican would want to risk their career running against Morgan?
Don't look for a decision soon there is great value in letting this effort percolate through the Republican and Democratic establishment.
For now, Morgan is "thinking" about it, and you can follow the fun on Twitter at
Morgan and his firm were once My Lawyer, and I have no qualms about him being My Governor.
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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Local Busybody Leytham Wants A Sales Tax Hike Boondoggle on 2018 Ballot

Tampa, Fl
Posted by: Sharon Calvert

What was front and center during this election? Cronyism, corruption, rejection of political insiders and a huge lack of trust in our government and the media. Hmmmm,,,,Sound familiar close to home? Like the crony, corrupted Go Hillsborough campaign?

While the American electorate clearly stated they were sick and tired of the crony, corrupt political status quo, the Tampa Bay Times appears tone deaf. They recently published this article Backers of Hillsborough's failed transportation referendum see missed opportunity on Election Day
Backers of the referendum now lament what they see as a missed opportunity to capitalize on an electorate they believe would have viewed the referendum favorably.
Before it failed, proponents said internal polls showed support as high as 65 percent. And it had backing from business groups like the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. 
"When I saw Hillsborough County vote for Hillary Clinton, when I saw Hillsborough County elect a new Democratic state attorney, when I saw those types of votes, I truly believed that if it was on the ballot we would've passed it," County Commissioner Les Miller said.
Well…..the Times did have to backtrack a bit on their narrative
It's entirely possible Hillsborough's proposal, dubbed Go Hillsborough, would not have survived a negative campaign and grassroots opposition from anti-tax and anti-rail factions, just as they helped defeat a 2010 referendum and a similar 2014 ballot initiative in Pinellas County. It faced headwinds, too, from some traditionally liberal groups who felt the proposal lacked a substantive transit investment.
Of course, the Times refused to name the grassroots opposition who led efforts to defeat the 2010 and 2014 sales tax hike boondoggles - NoTaxForTracks. The Times refused to speak with those who have been consistently publicly fighting for fiscal responsibility and opposed putting the sales tax hike on the 2016 ballot.

The Times tries to create a false narrative that equates the schizophrenic voting in Hillsborough County as a missed opportunity that local voters would vote for a sales tax hike…


Who pushed this narrative with the Times? The backers of the proposed sales tax hike referendum? Those backers included deep pocketed special interests, the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Commissioners Les Miller and Ken Hagan, Mayor Buckhorn, the Times editorial board and the cozy confidante of them all Beth Leytham.
As demonstrated by Tuesday's election, Hillsborough is inching from purple to blue in ways that should embolden leaders to push for it sooner rather than later, said Beth Leytham, the public relations consultant who worked on Go Hillsborough. 
"You can't go back, but I do believe it would've passed," Leytham said, "And what we just saw gives you a really good reason to look at 2018 instead of 2020."
Can't make this stuff up. The very person who led the failed, crony and corrupted Go Hillsborough campaign thinks a sales tax hike would have passed this election. There is no evidence to support such hypothetical as even deep Blue Broward County rejected a tax hike. 

Let's break this down.

The Times continues to ignore that trust, especially regarding our county budget and where the county spends our existing revenues, continues to be a big issue in Hillsborough County. 

Instead of pushing false narratives from a politically well connected PR person, the Times should be interrogating our county budget. The Times continues to refuse to ask our county commissioners tough questions about our budget or hold them accountable. They would better serve their readers if they stopped regurgitating talking points from an unelected bureaucrat, County Administrator Mike Merrill.

The Times once again goes to the losers to start creating a new narrative while intentionally avoiding the winners who can shatter that narrative. Remember Leytham was told during the Go Hillsborough campaign to mute NoTaxForTracks….(The reality today is "they" can't.)

The public is well aware of the politically well connected Leytham's very cozy relationship with the Times, Commissioner Hagan and Mayor Buckhorn, all who support a sales tax hike. Leytham serves as an information traffic cop between the media and numerous political elites and special interests. 

So hold onto your wallets because Leytham, our highly paid local busybody Gladys Kravitz, wants to put another sales tax hike boondoggle on the 2018 ballot. 
Since busybody Leytham has been on the losing side of every sales tax hike initiative in Tampa Bay, why does her opinion matter?

Perhaps busybody Leytham wants to jump start a PR campaign for 2018 now so the Times, who wants a sales tax hike, obliges with this article.

Maybe busybody Leytham, who was paid hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars leading the failed crony Go Hillsborough campaign, is looking for another lucrative PR contract another campaign could land her.

But….Busybody Leytham is the epitome of the crony political insider this election clearly rejected. 

And the Times appears to not get it.

Cross Posted with permission from: Eye On Tampa Bay

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