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It's been a good six months since Jon Stewart's Daily Show poked fun at Tampa's giant "palmetto bugs," and nearly three months since Saturday Night Live mocked local socialite Jill Kelley. So the bay area was about due for another national ribbing.

Enter House of Cards, the first original series from Netflix.

About fifteen thousand members of the media were in town for the RNC--but perhaps you didn't notice, given the limited coverage of Tampa within the last week.

We've read the stories of strippers.

And listened to them on air.  Some snippets of news reports include:

"Like it or not, Tampa has a reputation when it comes to strip clubs..."

"Yup, Tampa strip clubs are dressing up before dressing down..."

Storms, Strippers and Stereotypes

Aug 27, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac may be making headlines after delaying the start of the RNC -- but the media blitz in Tampa shows no sign of stopping.

Reporters from The Washington Post posed an interesting question:

Why pick a state in Hurricane Alley in peak hurricane season for an all-important nominating convention where visuals are everything?

'Seedy' Tampa Makes Headlines

Aug 24, 2012
AP

"Tampa: America's Hottest Mess"-- yep, that's a real headline from Salon.com. In his scathing piece, author Will Doig writes:

"The GOP convention's host city is a disaster, and a perfect reflection of where Tea Party politics will lead cities. Tampa is a hot urban mess, equal parts Reagan '80s and Paul Ryan 2010s"

News from other outlets isn't much better. A sampling of headlines reads: