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From youtube.com/watch?v=TUZHhVyYkP0: Florida Gov. Rick Scott delayed the start of a debate because of an electric fan below Democratic challenger Charlie Crist's podium.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott delayed the start of a debate because of an electric fan below Democratic challenger Charlie Crist's podium.
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The state of commercial media in United States today is that "if it bleeds, it leads."

Rather than provide us with real news, our corporatized media gives us ratings-driven infotainment drivel, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They go for the bright and sparkly stuff, instead of the substance.

Case in point comes from Wednesday night's Florida gubernatorial debate between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and challenger former Gov. Charlie Crist.

Wednesday night's debate was filled with some of the biggest issues facing Floridians and Americans as a whole.

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The debate clearly highlighted the different views that Crist and Scott have for the future of both Florida and our country.

Unfortunately, most Floridians and Americans won't hear about those important issues and differences, because Rick Scott decided to throw a hissy fit that grabbed the media's attention hook, line and sinker.

Scott initially refused to debate Crist last night because Crist was using an electric fan under his podium to stay cool.

Crist was on stage by himself for several minutes, before Scott finally came out onto the debate stage.

Once the two actually got to debating, it became quite clear that not only do they have a strong dislike for each other, but they have some very different views on the pressing issues facing Floridians and Americans today.

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Jobs was one of the first issues to come up.

Scott lashed out at Crist, saying that, "Charlie is the zero-wage governor: 832,000 people went from wages to zero wages when he was governor."

Crist responded, "Rick, there you go again: trying to blame the global economic meltdown on me. You just can't trust Rick. It's sad. And it's unfortunate."

Unfortunately, the jobs portion of the debate got overshadowed in our media by "fangate."

Later in the debate came conversations about health care and Medicaid expansion.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)

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