SANFORD, Fla. -- Headline Surfer, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet serving the greater Daytona Beach-Orlando metro area based in Sanford, proudly endorses Donald J. Trump for President of the United States and urges voters here in Central Florida and those across the US to vote for the Republican nominee on Nov. 8.
Or perhaps even today, during early voting, which runs through Nov. 6, in Orange and Seminole counties, and through Nov. 5, in Volusia County.
Headline Surfer is nowhere near the stature or influence of Florida's print newspaper giants like the Orlando Sentinel, the Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times, Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, all of which have endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton., following the national trend.
Admittedly, Trump has had some missteps -- in many cases -- he's fallen flat on his face. But he's seemingly able to continue on for another day with that enticing mantra to "Make America Great Again."
Trump played the the Republican Party, and worse, still, the host of NBC's "The Apprentice," played the media. CNN is just as culpable in creating the Trump personna as Fox News. Then again, CNN and MSNBC, are just as guilty in creating the personna of Hillary Clinton, too. Does anyone really believe she cares about the the working class poor or those stuck in the inner-city projects of Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit? How about African-Americans in the slums of Memphis, Tenn., where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was cut down by the rifle of white racist James Earl Ray nearly a half century ago more recently in Ferguson, Mo, where riots broke out after a white cop shot and killed Michael Brown? or Newburgh, NY, where NBA player Amare Stoudemire grew up?
Trump clearly crossed the line with his sexual degradation of women, including the raw language, he described as "locker room" talk. Not very presidential in the least, but he did apologize for it. And why did this come out well after the the GOP and Democratic conventions?
And Trump's reference to building "The Wall" and having Mexico pay for it as well as keeping out all Muslims because they might be terrorists, at the least demonstrate racial, ethnic and religious insensitivity. But there is another side to this long forgotten: The bloodshed of 9/11 -- not just when the Twin Towers were toppled by two planes hijacked out of Boston's Logan International. But a third hijacked plane stat struck the Pentagon and a fourth headed for Washington that would have likely taken out the White House or the Capitol Building had it not been for the brave passengers who stormed the cockpit and forced the plane into a field in Shanksville, Pa.
Headline Surfer is among the smallest daily media outlets in the US and perhaps globally, but it's no blog site. It's main writer, who is authoring this endorsement is one of Florida's most decorated reporters with literally dozens of journalism industry awards for breaking news and investigative reporting -- basically everything but a Pulitzer.
This internet news site's news content is mined around the clocked by Google News. Indeed, this reporter was among the first to interview Trayvon Martin's parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracey Martin with a hand-held video camera following a large rally in the weeks that followed the unarmed teen's slaying. The effort resulted in a Florida Press Club award and a seconds for trial coverage in Sanford.
Indeed, one of the six award-winning stories, the reporter for this media outlet has been honored with in the 2016 Florida Press Club awards is the scary incident at the end of the 2015 Coke Zero 400 July race at Daytona International Speedway where a a big pile-up ensued just as Dale Earnhardt, Jr. crossed the finish line, with one race car going airborne and tearing partially through the catch fence before the car was thrown back onto the track. The reporter was in a unique position to capture the injured being treated.
Why does this matter? Well, remember when the media went gaga over Donald Trump's friendship with NASCAR CEO Brian France early on during the primaries?
Look, here's the situation: Headline Surfer asserts that it has as much, if not more credibility than the string of daily Gatehouse-owned newspapers it owns in Florida such as the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the Gainesville Sun, Ocala Star Banner and others that are not endorsing any candidates on Nov. 8, never mind Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
As mentioned earlier with the reference to Trayvon Martin's killing in a gated community less than 5 miles from this media outlet's residence ion unincorporated Seminole County (Sanford post office mailing address), the Black Lives Matter was borne out of the Trayvon fallout. And less than 25 miles from here, was the largest mass shooting on American soil since 9/11: On June 12, 2016, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others, which this media outlet attempted to cover, but the reporter was recovering from invasive surgery for a massive aorta aneurysm.
While Hillary Clinton and President Obama downplayed the terrorist angle in favor of the hate crime angle. While it clearly had elements of both hate and terrorism, Trump was somewhat vindicated for his ban on Muslims, even if short-lived.
And it is terrorism -- the safety and sanctity of our Western way of life and security ofd our loved ones that is clearly the No. 1 issue of American life in a post-9.11 world.
Donald Trump understands this. It is this media outlet's belief that Donald Trump is far more like Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy in being pro-active in America's defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- not the ongoing fears of being blown up like in France, Belgium and Germany.
Donald Trump's faults are well known -- with the only real exception being the extent of his billions because he hasn't filed his income tax returns for a number of years.
But for those media outlets so smug with their choice of Hillary Clinton, what do we really know about what's in her closet? If Benghazi is open and shut, why are there so many unanswered questions. Why is WikiLeaks doing a better job than the mainstream media in uncovering her dark secrets? And what of the email server and her connections with Wall Street?
Hillary Clinton made hay of Vladimir Putin, describing him during the Al Smith Dinner as the horse Trump rides. But at least Trump has a dialogue with Putin. What would Hillary do if militants like the Tsarnaev Brothers (Boston mMarathon terrorist attack) in Islamic-laden Daghestan or Chechnya, got their hands on one of those nukes not accounted for in Moscow's inventory in say the Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan or ant number of former Soviet republics with strong muslim ties?
Wasn't it really Susan Rice, then-US ambassador to the UN who was next in line to replace Clinton before she went on the cable talk shows and blamed Benghazi on a video, in reality taking the fall for Hillary Clinton? After all, Benghazi happened on Hillary Clinton's watch as Madam Secretary, right?
Or how about Obama the Administration's removal of "Islamic State" in Omar Mateen's 9-1-1 calls during the terrorist bloodbath he created? And the same White House referring to terrorist rampages like what occurred in Orlando and Santa Barbara, Calif.. as "mass shootings as opposed to what they truly were -- terrorist rampages?
These are the reasons why Headline Surfer endorses Donald Trump for president.
Endorsement PostScript: Husband-and-wife team agree to disagree on Clinton-Trump
Headline Surfer photos / Henry and Serafina Frederick are shown at a community function in New Smyrna Beach. Serafina Frederick, multimedia editor, is shown with the larger media outlets in 2012, for then presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's visit to Daytona Beach. And Henry Frederick is shown at a podium where he has moderated more than a dozen public candidate debates since 2008.
The Husband: Henry Frederick, 54 and white, bachelor's degree in political science/public administration, (concentration in journalism) with a "president's citation" for high academic and community achievement, from Central Conn. State Univeristy in New Britain. He's a is a registered Republican, who supports Donald J. Trump, primarily on his views on national defense. He has been in journalism for 30-plus years, mostly metro cops & courts reporter (last 8 1/2 years online). He has a son from a prior marriage, Henry IV, 23.
The wife: Serafina King-Frederick, 46 and Latina (born and raised in Puerto Rico and for a time lived in Mexico with her family when she was much younger as her late father, a Vietnam combat-wounded veteran, was an engineer ), has a bachelor's degree with a major in in information systems (high honors) from Ana G. Mendez College, in Orlando. She is a registered Democrat, who supports Hillary Clinton. She doesn't think Trump is a racist, but believes he is elitist.
The marriage: When they married in 2009, one year after he started the internet news outlet with her talented help (video and graphics), he, too, was a Democrat, who saw himself as a conservative, who identified with JFK,Ronald Reagan and even Bill Clinton. He voted for Obama in 2008 (remember, Hillary was his rival for the presidency), remained a Democrat in 2012, but voted voted for Mitt Romney, having become disillusioned with Obama. In 2013, Frederick switched to NPA and, in 2014, became a registered Republican.
The Fredericks have been happily married for seven years and remain so to this day, even though they are not on the same page with Clinton and Trump. Peace is maintained in their apartment as they have a yorkie, Napoleon, and a mini-macaw, Paulie Wally.