Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Daniel Ruth, Times columnist

Daniel Ruth, Times columnist

Daniel Ruth has been scribbling away for four decades as a reporter, film critic, television critic and columnist for the Tampa Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Tampa Bay Times. He also has worked as a radio talk show host as well as an adjunct professor for the University of South Florida, the University of Tampa and Columbia College in Chicago. Daniel is a Peter Lisagor Award recipient for his columns in Chicago and has been honored by the Pinellas County Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union with the Irene Miller Vigilance In Journalism Award.

Ruth: Trump isn’t man enough to confront Mueller himself

There is one surefire, absolutely guaranteed way to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job.If the White House is so insistent about bouncing Mueller from investigating possible collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and those...
Published: 03/19/18
Tony Daniel, a regular speaker at Tampa City Council meetings, also is known for lashing out against his political targets with messages he carries or mounts on his pickup truck. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times  (2017)]

Daniel Ruth: Vulgar gadfly highlights decline of public-comment period

Let’s face it, when it comes to enlightened discourse, no one has ever confused the Tampa City Council with the Algonquin Round Table. Groucho Marx presiding over a cabinet meeting of the Republic of Freedonia might be more apt.Still, it...
Published: 03/14/18
FILE - This Oct. 26, 2016 file photo shows a Twitter sign outside of the company's headquarters in San Francisco. A new study published Thursday, March 8, 2018, in the journal Science shows that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu), File NYCD101

Ruth: Why does fake news travel faster than real news?

Recently I overheard a conversation, which was followed by a strong desire to begin drinking heavily.A young man was trying to explain to someone that the flu season is actually a government conspiracy to depopulate the citizenry by releasing...
Published: 03/13/18
Updated: 03/14/18
Daisy Simard, 9, holds a sign in protest in the Studio City section of Los Angeles, Sunday, March 11, 2018. The student-activist group

Ruth: Building on the lobbying success of Douglas High families

There is a theory being bandied about Tallahassee following the rather extraordinary vote by the Florida Legislature to risk the ire of the National Rifle Association with a new state law dealing with gun sale restrictions and public...
Published: 03/12/18
A crowd gathers in the new Heights Public Market at the Armature Works building in the Tampa Heights neighborhood. Expect fine food and a unique experience, but not intimate conversation. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]

Daniel Ruth: Praise for Heights market worth repeating. Because it’s so loud in there

"We’re the oldest people in here," the Bombshell of the Balkans said as we began walking around the newly opened Heights Public Market on the banks of the Hillsborough River. Or more accurately she said "WE’RE THE OLDEST PEOPLE IN HERE!!!"...
Published: 03/07/18

Ruth: Legislature’s school safety plan falls short

Judging from all of the Republican back-slapping, you would have thought the Florida Legislature had just conceived the Magna Carta, the Treaty of Paris and the Louisiana Purchase.Instead, the school safety legislation nibbles around the edges...
Published: 03/06/18
Updated: 03/07/18
During his annual state of Russia speech, President Vladimir Putin unveiled what he called a devastating new intercontinental ballistic missile. To illustrate how it works, he showed the audience a video that ended with warheads raining down on the United States \u0097 specifically, what appears to be the Tampa Bay area. For one local expert in Russian military operations, the speech was reminiscent of the depths of the Cold War. And it left some wondering why Putin would choose Tampa to make his point. Image from Russian video

Ruth: Putin should visit before he nukes Tampa Bay

Oh dear, this is probably going to only encourage the National Rifle Association’s chief apologist Marion Hammer to browbeat the Florida Legislature into allowing everyone to arm themselves with their own personal cruise missile.And no, you’re...
Published: 03/05/18
In separate votes by two boards, Edward Peachey lost his jobs as CEO of CareerSource in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]

Funny numbers finds CEO jobless

Recently defrocked CareerSource CEO Edward Peachey has been treated — to borrow a phrase from President Donald Trump — so unfairly.If you have been following Tampa Bay Times reporter Mark Puente’s coverage of the saga of Peachey’s...
Updated one month ago
2/4/13 Tampa, Fl. T0205_DOOLEY A hearing on Trevor Dooley's request was held Monday to be released on bond while his appeal is pending.  Judge Ashley Moody STAFF PHOTO/CLIFF MCBRIDE

Ruth: The scarlet letter in a GOP primary

Perhaps nothing ripens Florida’s politics of stupid more than a hotly contested primary election. So much ambition. So little time to demagogue.Before she became a Republican candidate for attorney general, Ashley Moody spent 10 years as a...
Updated one month ago
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - FEBRUARY 22:  Vice President of the NRA Wayne LaPierre speaks during CPAC 2018 February 22, 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative agenda.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) 775128291

Ruth: For NRA, gun debate is all about money

It has been a rough few days for the English language. But this is what happens when crazy crashes into Baghdad Bob delusion.A quick review before we get to the main act.Within days of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings,...
Updated one month ago