When Newsmax announced in an Aug. 9 editorial that it was picking Bill McCollum over Rick Scott in the upcoming Republican primary for Florida governor, it wasn't really a surprise -- Newsmax had already been trashing Scott and puffing McCollum for weeks.
- A May 23 article was headlined "McCollum: Rick Scott Linked to Healthcare ‘Fraud’."
- A June 24 article by Jim Meyers carried the headline "Fla.'s Rick Scott Invested in Firm With Ties to Illegal Aliens."
- A June 27 article highlights "Rick Scott’s role in the largest ripoff of taxpayers in the history of Medicare and Medicaid."
- A July 7 article, headlined, "Steve Forbes: Why I Oppose Rick Scott," noted that "Forbes cited Scott's role in the largest Medicare fraud in U.S. history and even questioned his business competence, suggesting Scott was not even qualified to run a 'lemonade stand.'"
- A July 14 column by Quin Hillyer, reproduced from the Washington Times, carried the headline "McCollum Is the Real Conservative in Fla. Race" and asserted that Scott "got rich in questionable ways."
- A July 15 article is headlined, "Dick Morris Slams Rick Scott, Says Can't Be Trusted."
- On July 21, Newsmax touted Dick Morris' endorsement of McCollum.
- An Aug. 2 article by Jim Meyers carried the headline "McCollum Wins Big Endorsements, Scott's Link to Fraud Cited."
- An Aug. 4 article highlighted a "hilarious new Web TV ad video" by McCollum attacking Scott was "drawing heavy traffic on YouTube as it goes viral."
- An Aug. 5 article is headlined "Rick Scott's Firm Sued 10 Times, Candidate Described as 'Ruthless'."
A Newsmax editorial is fairly rare, but when it issues one, it usually bends news coverage around it. That's exactly what's happening here.