Having fully cast off Bill McCollum by endoring the man he lost to in the Florida Republican gubernatorial primary, Newsmax follows up on its endorsement of Rick Scott by doing for him what it did for McCollum -- slanting its coverage of the race to favor Scott.
Here are some post-endorsement Newsmax headlines, taken from its wire for the race between Scott and Democrat Alex Sink:
- Rasmussen: Scott Now Leads Sink in Fla. Gov Race
- Stemberger Backs Rick Scott
- Maurice Ferre Endorses Scott in Florida
- Schlafly Endorses Rick Scott
- McCollum Endorses Rick Scott
- Alex Sink Fires Staffer after Debate Gaffe
- Alex Sink Caught Lying Twice About Cell Phone
Newsmax also did an Oct. 25 interview with Scott. As his been the case since Newsmax started working for Scott instead of against him, there was no mention of Scott's sordid history as head of a hospital company convicted of massively defrauding Medicare (something Newsmax was more than eager to discuss when it was on McCollum's side). Instead, interviewer Ashley Martella lobbed softball questions and uncritically described Scott as a "former health care industry executive." The accompanying article non-iroinically described Scott as a "successful businessman" -- something it would never have called Scott two months ago.
It seems it really doesn't matter who it's shilling for -- Newsmax only knows how to slant its news to whatever its interests are at any given moment. That's the sign of a political organization, not a news organization.
Which makes us wonder: Did Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy donate to Scott's campaign like he did to McCollum's? And if so, will he stay silent about it, just like he failed to tell Newsmax readers about his behind-the-scenes fundraising for McCollum?