5.) The Capitolist
They're a center-right outlet that doesn't deny it. They provide their readers with what they want, and they even have a satirical section that attempts to add a few laughs (see below).
4.) The Shark Tank
No this isn't the beloved show that airs on ABC. This is your typical far-right news website that provides little substance, often sacrificing credible news for sensational pieces.
Did I mention they focus on sensational articles?
While the website tries to be newsworthy, they read more like a New York City tabloid.
3.) Tampa Bay Times
While the majority of outlets on this list hide their intentions through mischievous ways, The Tampa Bay Times comes right out and tells readers what side they're on. Back in October, Andrew Gillum's campaign sent out a press release. In it, they showcased the endorsement they received from The Tampa Bay Times.
"Today, the Tampa Bay Times endorsed Mayor Andrew Gillum for governor, 'Times recommends: Andrew Gillum for governor.'” the press release stated.
Like Fight Club, journalism has rules .Rule #12: never use your outlet to endorse a candidate.
It goes without saying, a news website should NEVER endorse a candidate. Doing so throws all credibility out the window.
To be fair. The Tampa Bay Times is not the only outlet to endorse Gillum. The Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel all endorsed the Democratic candidate. We'll just add them to the list.
2.) Florida Phoenix
Their Tagline: "Quality Journalism for Critical Times."
The newest outlet on the list, Florida Phoenix is anything but balanced. Their far-left agenda is splattered all over their website. Their news is commentary and their commentary is... more commentary. To make matters worse, they use their Twitter page to post political cartoons that mock state officials. Exactly how is that "quality journalism?"
Still not convinced? You be the judge. I can't make this stuff up.
1.) Florida Politics
What do you get when you put the movie The Godfather in the realm of Florida politics? You get Florida Politics. This glorified blog presents itself as one of the "most influential news websites" in Florida, when in reality the only influence attached to this outlet is how much it is influenced by money.
Don't get me wrong, Florida Politics is very much one-sided. In a recent article, their editor called for Matt Caldwell to concede the Agriculture Commissioner's race. Remember those rules? Rule #1: never insert your opinion in articles that aren't satirical or opinion. Florida Politics breaks this rule constantly, often without consequence (although in this case, someone called them out for it).
While this sort of selective reporting is a staple of Florida Politics, it's not the primary culprit.
Peter Schorsch, the man who wrote the above article, is the reason Florida Politics takes the top spot on the list. Like most reporters, Schorsch has his beliefs and opinions, and there's no fault in that. On occasion, he expresses his politics in articles -- which isn't a surprise. Like most outlets on this list, he is guilty of similar crimes: suppression of information, selective revealing, etc. When it comes to these acts, Schorsch and Florida Politics are no different than any other biased news website.
So why is Florida Politics #1 on the list?
The reason: when it comes to choosing a side, Schorsch and company choose green over any partisan color. While it's evident that Schorsch adds his ideology in articles, it's his "generosity" that makes him public enemy number one.
Most major news outlets show favoritism to a party; very few show partiality to money. Although Fox News and CNN are guilty of the former, I can at least respect them for this. They don't hide it, often accepting their identity as networks that are subjective.
Florida Politics, on the other hand, only cares about their bottom line. Want a story? They'll do it (but they may bury it if you have the wrong letter by your name). Need advertising for an upcoming election? You can have front page (right next to your opponent). Like a prostitute at the Red Light District, Peter Schorsch will give you whatever you want... as long as the price is right.
This salacious business model is nothing new. In fact, Schorsch has been doing this for some time now. Back in 2013, Schorsch was criticized and questioned for his "cash for coverage" scheme. No charges were filed against Schorsch after an investigation was conducted. While Schorsch's tactics were absolved, the question still remained: is Schorsch the ethical, award-winning journalist he claims to be?
Questions surrounding Schorsch continue to linger. In 2017, Nancy Smith wrote an article for Sunshine State news attacking Schorsch's integrity. Likewise, politicians around the state continue to complain about his methods and the stranglehold he has on the press in Florida, Even writers who were once employed by Florida Politics grumble, citing wage disputes and issues with Schorsch's immense workload. Such actions have caused many reporters to leave.
There's no doubt that Florida Politics is a big deal. They've amassed a large following, and many regard them as the go-to when it comes to the news. Voters, officials, and businesses line up to get taste -- although they don't realize they're eating out of the palm of Schorsch's hand.
If Florida transformed into the world of Star Wars, Florida Politics would be the Cartel -- underhanded, immoral. and hellbent on earning money no matter the cost. By default, Schorsch would be the Cartel's leader, Jabba the Hutt. Like Jabba, Schorsch rules with an iron fist. He imprisons those he employs and offers hits on those who don't adhere to his scheme.
For years, Schorsch the Hutt has had his way with Florida. He's used the people and politicians, degrading his outlet in the pursuit of an Imperial Credit. He's issued bounties on his enemies, eventually feeding them to his Sarlacc. With no end in sight, it looked as if Schorsch would rule the galaxy. Luckily for Florida, your Han Solo has arrived.