Scott Denies He's Shutting Out Fla. Media, Public

By: AP
By: AP

Miami, FL (AP) - The Inter American Press Association is expressing
concern over the working relationship between Florida's new
governor and members of the media.

The group issued a statement Wednesday, after capital reporters
in Tallahassee voiced complaints to the Florida Society of News
Editors about Gov. Rick Scott, who took office Jan. 4. The
reporters say the governor's office has imposed unprecedented
controls over access to Scott and his public activities. The say
the office has also delayed responses to public information

IAPA President Gonzalo Marroquin says there's often a natural
tension between government officials and the press, but that
shouldn't interfere with the public's access to official matters.

The IAPA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and
promoting press freedom and expression in the Americas.



Gov. Rick Scott has turned aside criticism that his administration is shutting out the news media and the public.

The multimillionaire Republican insisted he's been transparent
and open during the two weeks since he's taken office during a
meeting Wednesday with newspaper editors, broadcasters and the
Capitol press corps.

Scott responded to their questions at the annual legislative
editors meeting hosted by The Associated Press at the Florida

Scott -- a political newcomer who was successful in his first try
at winning public office -- did not visit newspapers or seek their
endorsements during his successful gubernatorial campaign.

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  • by jed Location: taylor on Jan 19, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    just wait, before long we will see him everyday on tv, slashing and cutting jobs like crazy. then he's gonna let his buddies build condos allalong our beutiful cost tearing down what we have left of our costal wetlands and woodlands! god help us all!!!!
  • by Billo Location: Tally on Jan 19, 2011 at 01:55 PM
    WCTV...leaning a little left with this story aren't we? I think the coverage of Scott has been more than fair.
  • by JP Location: Tally on Jan 19, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    I'm kind of glad to not see him on "The View"....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    The news media has been pretty active in there coverage of him, even before he took office. I not sure where this story is coming from
  • by Elizabeth Location: Tallahassee on Jan 19, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    To watching, this GOV doesn't care what the SUNSHINE Law means,HE bought the state of FL.Look what he did to HCA. Time to WAKE UP and smell the rotten fruit. FL can kiss the wetlands and swamps GOODBYE
  • by Confused Location: Tallahassee on Jan 19, 2011 at 12:00 PM
    I'm not completely sure how he won the election, anyway. Everyone I've spoken to - Republicans and Democrats alike - voted for his opponent. How did a criminal become Governor? Sigh...
  • by GV Location: Ga on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    watching,you are right.Only dems can do that.
  • by Wiki on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    I look forward to his WikiLeaks.
  • by Henry Location: Tallahassee on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    I worked for the POS. I am normally very Republican, but this guy is a scum bag. He will squander anything he can find for him and his buddies uses. Hold on Florida, you ain't seen nothing yet.
  • by watching Location: Florida destruction on Jan 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    The Governor must always be mindful of the state`s Sunshine Law. Citizens, taxpayers and voters will not tolerate private conferences, behind closed door dealmaking and discussions of pending legislation by him, senators, representatives, county commissioners, mayors and any other elected or appointed officers. This is the state government(of,by and for the people) not a private corporation.
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