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Ink-stained wretches

Whoever said you shouldn't pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel apparently didn't tell Lt. Gov. Jeffrey Kottkamp.

Speaking to a group of Miami business leaders on Friday, Kottkamp said the press exaggerates the state's economic problems because its own business is in trouble.

"Print media is really archaic," Kottkamp told the board of the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade's nonprofit business recruitment agency. "They're laying off people. Their view of the world is pretty skewed."

His remarks didn't sit well with Beacon Council board member Alexandra Villoch, who also is the vice president for advertising at The Miami Herald.

Villoch replied that an estimated 1.1 million people read the Herald's English and Spanish print editions on any given Sunday -- not counting those who read it online. And she defended the paper's reporting on the economy, noting that it was based largely on statistics provided by the government.

"We don't make those statistics up," she said.

Kottkamp quickly backtracked, saying he was just advising the print media to look to the future online.

"My message is not that I don't like you," he said. "I love you."

Then he was ready to move on to other questions. "Who else did I insult?" he asked.