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A pre-written letter to Gov. Rick Scott


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I can attest that the part about the dog is true.

In the opinion page business, we call this “astroturf,” which is shorthand for “artificial grass-roots campaign.” Some group or another publishes a suggested letter to the editor on its website, then urges supporters to download it, sign their names and send it in.

Scott’s self-aggrandizing endeavor takes technology one step further. I went to his site, and in the address field of the fawning letter in question, it had somehow known to pre-choose “Sun Sentinel” for me. No downloading was necessary. All I had to do was fill in my name and email, click “send,” and it would become one more snowflake in the presumed blizzard of encomia overwhelming my editor’s inbox.

It’s ironic that the man who haughtily refused to grant editorial board interviews during his campaign now finds it necessary to round up support, however contrived, in the state’s media. Maybe it has something to do with his stellar twenty-nine percent approval rating.

“Pathetic” is a word that comes to mind for this clumsy, transparent effort. If Governor Scott really wants the people to love him, he might try resigning. After all, it did wonders for Sarah Palin.


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Mr. Lowe, you are very astute and you are a credit to your profession. It is refreshing to know that there are people, like you, out there that are at least somewhat aware.
Wake up snoozers! Try to determine your future for once.
I spit in the general direction of today's media outlets.


I was unsurprised to find that my only reply from the governor was an autoreply when I sent him an email informing him of my opinions and asking how the measures he is approving are directly benefiting our state economy.

I don't know how much email he is receiving, but it's clear that he's not in the business of changing minds or creating understanding with his constituents. He gave us no insight on the campaign trail, had his mother report to the public during that selfsame campaign, and is now playing ball with big corporate interests. Not that there's anything worng with that.

:)


Chan- Terrific cartoon & comments...We've gotten Robo-Calls from Gov. Scott at least 3 or 4 times recently....Would be a good idea to copy your cartoon/blog & mail it to his office...Keep the good work coming....


I recently called the Governor's office, and was treated to an outgoing voice-mail message that sounded more like a campaign ad. One would hope that calling the outgoing message would have emergency information such as website addresses, phone numbers, and general information. Not how good a job the gov is doing.

Of course, having a live human being answer the call would have been nice also.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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