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The Florida Roundup
The Florida Roundup is a live, weekly call-in show with a distinct focus on the issues affecting Floridians. Each Friday at noon, listeners can engage in the conversation with journalists, newsmakers and other Floridians about change, policy and the future of our lives in the sunshine state.Join our hosts, veteran journalists from our partner public radio stations: WLRN’s Tom Hudson, broadcasting from Miami and WJCT’s Melissa Ross, broadcasting from Jacksonville.

'Fake News'; Power Companies And Energy Efficiency

A small Florida county jumped into the ongoing fight between President Trump and the media this week when its county commission's dissing of the New York Times made national headlines.

At issue was whether Citrus County commissioners should buy an online subscription to the New York Times for their public library. Their cries of 'fake news' quickly became the latest flashpoint in the national conversation about the president and the media.

We discussed the story – and the battle against actual fake news in the Sunshine State – in more detail with:

  • Emily Bloch, President, Florida Society of Professional Journalists Pro Chapter, and education reporter, The Florida Times-Union
  •  Eric Effron, editorial director, NewsGuard
  • Mike Wright, reporter, Citrus County Chronicle 


We also took a look at Florida utility companies and energy efficiency with Jim Saundersof the News Service of Florida.

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hschatz@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

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