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Here's the taped jobs message Rick Scott wants you to see



Gov.-elect Rick Scott opened his five-day, 10-city tour of industries that supply Florida's top jobs on Monday and vowed that this will be the beginning of a "complete change in how Florida is run."

But rather than invite the media in to help tell the stories of the 20 defense contractors, including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, L-3 Communications and InDyne Corp., he kept the media out and held a press conference after the event. He also barred the media from his meeting with military leaders at Eglin Air Force Base. 

Scott did invite an out-of-state production crew, the California-based Intuitive Technology Solutions, into the meeting to film him during the tour and to tape this message. Here it is.

It's part of the gov-elect's post-campaign campaign. The tour is being financed by some of the state's largest business groups, such as the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Florida, which accept donations from individual companies then contribute to the transition effort without having to disclose their donors. 

Scott successfully controlled his message throughout much of his campaign by sticking to his talking points and controlling media access. Like many candidates, he also championed the use of YouTube videos like the one here. Here's a question for readers: Do you agree that Scott should prohibit reporters with cameras and notebooks from recording events related to his public duty, while relying on corporate contributions to pay for his hired cameramen? 


[Last modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 12:26am]


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