Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Onward Cristian Soldier

Silence in Buddy Nevins' Saturday's column on his conversion to the GOP and his being saved as a (Charlie) Cristian. But today, Buddy and the Sentinel sent a strong message about what they think about criticisms of the political writer's speech to the Lauderdale Beach Republican Club:

Speech? What speech?

Nevins did his first "straight" story on the governor's race this morning, writing about the Gallagher camp's anger over the Broward County GOP's endorsement of Crist. Didn't mention that Nevins had done the same thing. If this isn't dripping with irony, then I'm Alanis Morissette.

The Sentinel is proving itself once again to be a strictly amateur operation. I want y'all to consider if a real newspaper's political writer made a similar speech (like, say, the New York Times' Adam Nagourney). He'd be reassigned in a NY minute.

But it could be worse for the newspaper. The Herald's Beth Reinhard could be writing for the Sentinel. The best way I can describe the effect of Reinhard's lightweight ramblings on politics is to advise you to listen to this song, "If You Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)." If I read too much Reinhard, my head threatens to crack open. Take this Saturday's column on Ben Graber's imminent departure from the Broward County Commission. We have rampant corruption in Broward County, okay? Special interests and lobbyists are plotting to make fortunes on taxpayers' backs and most of the commissioners are bought and paid for in one way or another.

It's an ugly situation, but here's Reinhard's giddy take:

"The music began to play and politicians throughout Broward started moving from chair to chair, sizing up their chances. Dominoes will fall when a city commissioner or School Board member decides to campaign for Graber's seat and give up their own. But everyone's waiting to see who will go first.
And finally the dance, when some brave person flings a sombrero into the ring.
Let the games begin!"

It just went. My head exploded.

(More to come today).

12 Comments:

Anonymous Whitey Fraud said...

Beth is a blithering idiot, too. Makes you yearn for the halcyon days of Steve Bousquet. (Or was it a Halcion daze?)

8:07 AM  
Blogger Florida Pulp said...

I was thinking exactly the same thing when I was writing this, Whitey. Steve Bousquet suddenly seems like a godsend next to these jokers. Unfortunately, he left for the best newspaper in Florida. Or at least that's the slogan.

8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth is one of the best local-politics writers in the country today. Look hard through mid-sized markets comparable to Fort Lauderdale - I challenge you to find a writer who's tough on politicians, well-connected to the inside scoop but still an engaging writer who doesn't get bogged down in inside-baseball minutae. Go back and read her 2004 election coverage - no one did it better.

10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, silence from Buddy on Saturday regarding his conversion. Instead, a near endorsement of Stacy Ritter for the County Commission...what a joke, although it would get her out of an impossible situation she's currently in.

10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buddy Nevins has broken more news of scandal and filth in Broward County in his years at the Sun-Sentinel than any other journalist around. You all are just JEALOUS.

1:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

who is "you all", and jealous of what??? If Buddy has broken any scandals, it had nothing to do with investigative journalism and everything do do with the relationships he has with a few political insiders. I've said this before and I'll say it hear on his blog: Bob Norman is the only journalist in S. Fla. who has taken the time to do any research in years!

1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth is one of the best local-politics writers in the country today ... Go back and read her 2004 election coverage - no one did it better.

With all due respect, Mrs. Reinhard, your daughter is a terrible political reporter. She's clueless!!! She latches onto the little, easy stories (usually ones where one campaign spoon feeds her dirt on an opponent) but misses the big picture. On top of that, Beth is really, really lazy. She'll write the easy stories, the kind you can research nearly entirely online by reading a few pages of campaign reports and claiming some great revelation. Trust me on this: we could do SO MUCH BETTER than Beth Reinhard!!

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

from one anonymous to another:
regarding your comment -- "If Buddy has broken any scandals, it had nothing to do with investigative journalism and everything to do with the relationships he has with a few political insiders'' -- Where I come from, that's called building sources. Duh.

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Whitey Fraud said...

What you didn't report (and probably don't yet know) is that Beth's new beat will be DADE politics. Hoohah!

8:35 AM  
Blogger Florida Pulp said...

Ah, good to hear from you again Whitey. Am I quite mad, or are you saying that Beth is leaving Broward for the Dade County political beat?

9:06 AM  
Anonymous Whitey Fraud said...

Dear Pulpy: both.

10:35 AM  
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