How many more ways can the Tallahassee Democrat pump up the non-candidacy of Mayor Gillum’s chief of staff, Dustin Daniels, while ignoring the efforts of filed candidates?
On the heals of brokering a deal with Mayor Andrew Gillum to crop an embarrassing picture in return for a favorable interview, the Tallahassee Democrat continues to show favor to those who are operating within in the Gillum orbit. These power players include Dustin Daniels, Sean Pittman and Kevin Cate.
First, there was a story about a website for a Daniels’ potential candidacy. The article was by Jeff Schweers. The same Schweers that penned the “cropped picture” story.
This story came as others who actually filed for local office struggled to get coverage in the Tallahassee Democrat.
Now comes more free PR a story about a video that clearly promotes Dustin Daniels before he has even filed for an office. The story, again, is penned by Jeff Schweers.
This free publicity for a potential candidate, combined with other actions by the Tallahassee Democrat has other candidates raising serious questions about the bias of the Tallahassee Democrat.
And there is more.
Back on March 7, 2018 FloridaPolitics.com broke a story about a campaign video released by a filed candidate for city commission, Jeremy Matlow. A few days later TR followed with an article.
From the TR article:
“The campaign advertisement, coming from a Democrat and self-proclaimed progressive, implies the current City of Tallahassee leadership has ignored struggling families on the southside. The video provides imagery of Cascades Park and the million dollar bridge over South Monroe Street and informs viewers that poverty is not far from these publicly financed amenities.”
The emotional video, to date, has garnered in excess of 27,000 views but has been unable to garner any attention from Mr. Schweers or the Gannett owned Tallahassee Democrat.