Hee Hee. The Orlando Sentinel’s version of the Polk Pulse has produced more than 12,000 online votes concerning the CSX deal/Sunrail plan.
As of this writing, 83 percent oppose. Unscientific? Absolutely. Manipulated by opponents? Perhaps, though supporters could manipulate it just as easily. Amusing? Yes.
More interestingly, and predictably, the entire Sentinel has managed to ignore the St. Pete Times story on Rep. Steve Precourt’s big money made off the commuter rail portion of the deal. (I’ve google and site searched for Precourt references. If I’ve missed one, let me know and I’ll correct.)
Now, I don’t have any great beef with how the Sentinel’s news operation has handled coverage of the overall deal. News is always written from the geographical point-of-view of the writer, and considering the pressure they must be under from Fred Leonhardt and the Orlando cabal, I think Dan Tracy, Jay Hamburg, and the Tally folks have provided reasonably fair reporting.
But does anybody think that if Paula Dockery somehow had a $1.7 million personal tie to this deal, the Sentinel news operation wouldn’t report it in great detail and that the thoroughly corrupt Sentinel editorial page wouldn’t be hammering it every second of every day? You think Mike Thomas would manage to miss that? It really is striking how the paper’s institutional support of the CSX deal distorts the intellectual honesty of its opinion content. For instance, Scott Maxwell, who has not been one of the nasty cheerleaders, still couldn’t bring himself to say the words SunRail or CSX in his much-deserved crackback on Mica about trumpeting the stimulus money after voting against it. He just linked to Mica’s press release on the extended entry. That’s quite a contortion.
Come on guys, suck it up and show a little professional honor.