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A friend's Facebook comment last night: "We’ve honest to God got to unite as journalists to halt this continued push toward having non-answering PIO’s doing all the answering for our elected officials and high ranking bureaucrats" #Florida #journalism #MakeThemTalk
Just this week a news release went out about 300 dead turtles along the St. Johns River system, the FWC scientists weren't made available and the UF scientists studying the turtles couldn't be made available either
Two weeks ago, executives at DEP and water district refused to say whether board members were on or off the water board, and still haven't said who directed them removed from website. PIO couldn't provide any answers & none of the folks in the know could pick up phone & clarify
I hear a lot of talk about transparency but it's up to us to push for it and not let folks hide.
I've always subscribed to southern adage "you can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar" but we seem to have reached a point of absurdity.
20 years ago you could call any scientist or agency head and have a conversation. Heck David Struhs used to call me just to chat! You could call up most scientists and just ask them how the work was going. Now it's freak out and nervously ask if it's been cleared with the PIOs
Didn't intend to start a rant, just growing increasingly frustrated & journalists all over Florida & the country say the same thing. That combined with the dwindling number of journalists means the public is growing further from the truth in many cases #Unroll @threadreaderapp
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