But the real story is not how the news got it wrong—there’s been plenty of that since Monday. It’s how, mere hours later after telling a bullshit story, the news simply told a new story and expunged the previous one from its memory. Real-time accuracy isn’t always possible in journalism. But no one can call himself a journalist if he can’t acknowledge in the present what he got wrong in the past.
Oopsie: GOP governor Rick Scott writes a love letter to Florida Democrats’ top-ranking woman
Either Rick Scott is taking this “moderate makeover” thing a little too far, or he delegated his correspondence to the wrong intern.
In a form letter dated March 22, Florida’s conservative tea-party governor congratulated state Democratic Party chairwoman Alison Tant for making a local list of notable women…with surprisingly florid praise. “Your efforts are helping move our state in the right direction,” he told Florida’s progressive-in-chief, adding: ”It is my pleasure to extend best wishes to you for your continued success.”
See for yourself:
Now, a little more bipartisan chumminess would be a fantastic thing, but it’s a stretch to believe that Scott — he of the tea party paradiso, the drug-tested welfare recipients, the long voting lines, the cheap health care (for himself), the Trayvon debacle, the war on liberal arts — is pleased with the recent Democratic direction of his state.
More likely, there are 25 of these letters, one for each of Tallahassee’s “Women You Need to Know in 2013.”*
Which means Scott is simply guilty of not accounting for what goes on in his name… as when he ran a medical conglomerate implicated in the largest Medicare fraud case in US history. In that case, good news for Republicans: Rick Scott is not a traitor to the conservative cause. He’s just a poor manager.
That should look excellent on a bumper sticker in 2014.
* Editorial note: There are, in fact, many more than 25 women worth knowing in Tallahassee.