Daytona International Speedway punishing media outlet by denying credentials for reports on campaign contributions

DAYTONA BEACH -- I can’t believe the Daytona Speedway is again sticking it to our HeadlineSurfer.com Publisher Henry Frederick, who has done nothing, but favor the races even when he was relegated to placing his laptop next to the salad bar outside the main media outlet on the Spredway grounds where he was relegated for five years.

Now he doesn't even have that spot.

It was with the Daytona 500 in February that they finally got wise and gave him the media credentials he has deserved for so many years. But with the July 4th weekend races coming up, what do they do?

Not only won't he be able to sit near the salad bar in the "outer media center," but because he's been stripped of any credentials for reporting on things the Speedway doesn't want the public to know about like the politicians' cmpaigns they are paying into he won't have access to the garage, the pits and the grandstands.

What they are doing is minimizing him and this media outlet. What is their problem? Online media is as popular and strong -- maybe even stronger -- since it is seen all over the world, eclipsing the Speedway-favored Daytona Beach News-Journal, which is only local and one must pay a monthly fee after a mere 10 clicks to view their online content, unless they are a print subscriber.

Daytona International Speedway's vendetta can only be called "retribution" because he publishes the truth about the graft and favoritism going on in Daytona Beach and in Volusia County government politics. The media is supposed to keep tabs on what government and deep pocket businesses like (International Speedway Corp.) are up to. Frederick is the only one doing it here in Volusia County as the News-Journal is part of the problem since they are nothing more than a public relations outlet for the Speedway.

Daytona International Speedway's vendetta can only be called "retribution" because he publishes the truth about the graft and favoritism going on in Daytona Beach and in Volusia County government politics. The media is supposed to keep tabs on what government and deep pocket businesses like (International Speedway Corp.) are up to. Frederick is the only one doing it here in Volusia County as the News-Journal is part of the problem since they are nothing more than a public relations outlet for the Speedway.

Frederick is doing what the mainstream media is supposed to do, and because of it, he's being punished. It’s about time the people of this area -- Daytona, Volusia County and Central Florida -- got wise to all the payoffs like the campaign contributions from the Speedway and others that this media site is reporting, along with the inbred relationships between organizations like the Speedway and our elected public figures.

I say to the Speedway, if you can’t take the heat get out of the spotlight, but leave Frederick alone so he can do his job of reporting the news!

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Darlene Vann is a resident of Edgewater and has been with the 24/7 Internet newspaper from the onset. She likes to write about the lighter side of life, but sometimes feels compelled to tackle some of the tougher issues. The blog, "Musings" (and its contents), is the sole copyright-protected intellectual property of NSB News LLC, and cannot be reproduced, copied or published in whole or in part elsewhere without the prior expressed written permission of the publisher. NSBNews.net, VolusiaNews.net and HeadlineSurfer.com are owned by NSB News LLC. All three domains fall under the umbrella of Headline Surfer, a registered trademark.