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Scott reading the news is old news, staff says

by Dara Kam | July 29th, 2011

A new detail on Gov. Rick Scott’s daily schedule this week raised eyebrows among Capitol watchers.

The first item on his agenda Thursday and Friday called for 6:30 a.m. media briefings. Thursday’s 6:30 a.m. item reads “Review Florida and national news” and Friday’s called for a “Daily media briefing.”

Huh? Since campaigning for governor and even after taking office in January, Scott has insisted he does not read newspapers.

That’s true, spokesman Brian Burgess said. But he does read the NEWS. He gets the news clips compiled by Burgess’ team each morning from FDLE aides, Burgess said.

Scott’s staff put the news run-downs on his schedule to debunk the myth that the first-term governor is unaware of what’s going on in the state and the nation.

“It’s a myth that he doesn’t read news. He just doesn’t pick up a paper and generally avoids ‘political horse race’ stories,” Burgess said. “He focuses on substantive issues and doesn’t care for stories pertaining to political intrigue.”


9 Responses to “Scott reading the news is old news, staff says”

  1. Peter Schorsch Says:

    Has Rick Scott already given up reading Florida newspapers?

  2. Carol Says:

    Rick Scott doesn’t read Florida papers? Must be his conscience bothering him.

  3. Bill Says:

    Can’t say that I blame him. I would rather read Mother Jones than the print media in this state. At least Mother Jones is somewhat balanced!

  4. Rosemary Says:

    Recently, when I approached the counter in his press office, I was surprised to find the front-page printouts of three newspapers: USA Today, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Not a single Florida newspaper in the bunch.

  5. JanisLentz Says:

    Well, talk about hair-splitting, Rick. So, it all depends on what the meaning of “is” is, huh?

    Oh, and please stop pestering me with your incessant robo-calls “paid for by the Republican Party of Florida. Ugh!!

  6. JanisLentz Says:

    And since WHEN do the duties of the FDLE–a law enforcement agency, include pouring the coffee and clipping newspapers for Rick Scott? Give us a break! Aren’t they supposed to be protecting the PEOPLE of FL from crime?

  7. susie sunshine Says:

    join the movement – make your voice heard, check out

  8. Floridanative451 Says:

    Ricky Scott probably doesn’t read Florida newspapers but for sure he reads Montana newspapers. Ricky has to get ready for his next big move! Montana! After Ricky is through with gutting Florida’s environment, through with gutting Florida jobs, through with making sure his insurance buddies get to raise their rates as high as they want, through with helping GEOs get as much money out of “privatizing” prisons…Ricky Scott is going to leave us.

  9. David Kearns Says:

    Contorted Scottian explanation of read/not-read, the news.

    Thank YOU Brian Burgess for your terse report from the Rick Scott bunker and war room!

    Carry on, patriot soldier in the fight to remove the bonds of liberal leeching enslavement currently surpressing the masses of rugged, individualist, Christian, non-gay, and I shouldn’t fail to mention, good looking, business people of Florida.

    Your efforts protecting the Reich -er, I mean – administration, have not gone unnoticed by the movement!

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