I was so slow on the uptake when I lived in Florida Today territory that I think I may have voted for one of Brevard’s conviction corruption cads based on what I’d read. Pretty embarrassing.
From: Susan Chandler
Date: January 5, 2011 9:39:34 PM EST
Cc: Tampa Division <firstname.lastname@example.org>, ASKDOJ <ASKDOJ@usdoj.gov>, John Glisch <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: “Brevard congresswoman to be sworn in today,” Dave Berman, Florida Today, 1/5/11
Dear Mr. Berman:
I am writing to be on record as continuing to oppose Florida Today’s election engineering, including your article today about Rep. Sandy Adams.
Rep. Adams poorly represented her constituents while serving four terms in Florida’s legislature; although Adams had 17 years experience with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, she ignored the shady interactions between the OCSO, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, the Orange/Osceola and Brevard/Seminole state attorneys offices and the FBI that have affected trial outcomes for decades, with no end in sight. The relatively recent transfers of Gary Bennett’s and Michael Emmons’ cases were conflicted, and both had unreasonable outcomes; Bennett remains incarcerated, Emmons had his wrist slapped.
It therefore served no legitimate purpose today to publish Rep. Adams’ stale, hypocritical campaign slurs criticizing former Rep. Suzanne Kosmas’ relationship with her constituents. Florida Today’s sore-winner rehashing of an election is one of many devices used to discourage worthy candidates from seeking office. The success of such ploys is obvious; conspicuously corrupt public servants have been reelected unopposed.
Rep. Adams said, “This new House will take actions that protect our freedoms and liberties while understanding that Congress must listen to the people, not the other way around.”
According to her historic behaviors, what Adams says and what Adams does will not converge, and it fell to Florida Today to write just that. But Florida Today is content with Rep. Posey’s silence on conviction corruption and noise about President Obama’s birth certificate, and predictably will do nothing when Rep. Adams immediately makes a lie of her statement by remaining silent about conviction corruption while making noise about nonsense.
Gannett has violated the public trust and is acting outside the law, most significantly in conspiracy to violate rights. It’s time for Gannett to print – in every newspaper where exonerations have revealed misconduct – that the FBI is obliged to investigate public corruption that affects trial outcomes, with its reporters relentlessly asking each field office for explanations of the FBI’s dereliction.
Gannett’s “Mission” states: “We will provide must-have news and information on demand across all media, ever mindful of our journalistic responsibilities.” Adams slamming Kosmas wasn’t news; election results weren’t news. The must-have news today is that a freshly sworn first-term representative will likely continue to ignore public corruption that keeps innocents inside and felons at large – in concert with a second-term representative from the same locale – and that the FBI should be investigating them both, along with other public servants nationwide cut from the same cloth.
It’s time for what Gannett writes about ethics and does about ethics to converge.