In response to a reader’s questions about the Press Journal’s failure to publish a headlined story reporting on Florida Power & Light’s proposed $1.337 billion rate increase, community news editor Larry Reisman today claimed he cannot keep track of everything the news team does.
Reisman indicated the Press Journal depends on the Associated Press to report stories of statewide importance. He went on to suggest that because information about the proposed rate hike is available on the Internet, the Press Journal has no responsibility to inform its readers of FPL’s plans.
Finally, Reisman wrote, “There’s no way the media can cover every story that happens.”
Interestingly, FPL’s proposed major rate hike has been reported by the statewide press, but not by the Press Journal. Reisman, who has long championed FPL’s expansion efforts, has a lot to say about what he perceives to be the shortcomings of Vero Electric and the Florida Municipal Power Agency. In fact, Reisman has gone so far as to call on the Legislature to force a breakup of the FMPA.
But when is comes to FPL’s rate increases, or its losses before the Florida Supreme Court, Reisman, the Press Journal’s self-appointed utility expert, remains silent.
Could it be that Reisman is under a gag order? After all, Press Journal Publisher, Bob Brunges, is married of an FPL vice president involved in the company’s acquisition efforts.