Governor Crist Abandons Conservative Views

Stop the Presses

The liberal listserv "JournoList" is back in the news. The Daily Caller reports it has documents showing some media members encouraged others to kill stories about then-candidate Barack Obama's pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, during the 2008 presidential campaign.

The Daily Caller says, "In one instance, Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent urged his colleagues to deflect attention from Obama's relationship with Wright by changing the subject. 'Pick one of Obama's conservative critics,' Ackerman wrote, 'Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares -- and call them racists.'"

His colleague Kevin Drum disagreed saying, "Turning this into a gutter brawl would probably hurt the Obama brand pretty strongly." Ackerman shot back, "I'm not saying OBAMA should do this. I'm saying WE should do this."

Some of the people included in the threads are political science and journalism professors. We'll have more on this developing story Wednesday on Special Report.

Breaking Away

Florida Governor and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist tells the Wall Street Journal it's a lot more fun being an Independent. 

Crist -- who has moderated many of his conservative views since leaving the Republican Party -- says, "I want to do what is in my heart, but other influences have some effect -- to a degree." 

Despite pledging as a Republican to help repeal President Obama's health care law, Crist now says he doesn't support such a move; adding that the law can be improved.

Also, a top adviser to President Obama is now advising Crist and is planning a fundraiser that will consist largely of Obama supporters.

Republican opponent Marco Rubio minced no words telling the Journal, "I think he'll do and say anything to win this election."

Tourist Trap

Something in Massachusetts doesn't quite add up.

The legislature, looking to drum up tourism, has released a list of the state's top 1,000 attractions. But the Boston Herald reports some of the sites no longer exist, are closed to the public, or are listed in the wrong towns. The list also includes only 996 places.

Tourism officials admit there were mistakes, but say they did their best.