Shark Tank blogger, political pundit and award winning journalist is behind bars today facing charges of attempted murder and burglary.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s office, Javier Manjarres, known in political circles as the publisher of The Shark Tank blog, was arrested on Saturday, March 26, 2016. He’s been charged with one count of attempted murder with a gun and two counts burglary of an occupied conveyance with battery. Manjarres is currently being held at the main jail in Broward County on a no bond status.
According to Manjarres’ web site BrownPeople.org, “His fearless, uncompromising style has won him many dedicated fans and detractors, and he was credited as being the “tip of the spear” of Senator Marco Rubio’s historic campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010 which helped lead to Rubio’s victory over sitting Governor Charlie Crist.”
He was named the top national conservative blogger by the Conservative Political Action Committee in 2011.
His commentary and provocative videos on The Shark Tank have been featured on numerous media outlets including Fox News, CNN, NBC, ABC, and The Wall Street Journal; and he’s been a guest commentator on several local and national television networks including the Spanish-language network Univision and NewsmaxTV,”
Emerging media entrepreneur, Peter Schorsch, CEO of Extensive Enterprises, founder of the popular Saint Petersblog and Context Florida tells Hernando Phoenix that Manjarres gave blogging a bad name saying, “Anyone who has had to pay attention to Javier’s schemes and tactics has known he was on the path to self-destruction. He brought discredit to emerging media and political blogging. I hate to see bad things happen to people. I really do. But in this case, ending Javier’s involvement in Florida politics may be worth that.”
Florida Politics says, “This is not his first run-in with the law. According to a Jan. 19, 2012 report in the Miami New Times, Manjarres was arrested in June 1995 for burglary with assault. Manjarres allegedly drove to the home of a man who was at the time dating Manjarres ex-girlfriend.
The Miami New Times reported that, according to a Palm Beach County police report, Manjarres broke down the man’s front door and punched him. The man suffered bruises and a busted lip. The newspaper reported Manjarres pleaded guilty and served two years of probation.
Manjarres’ earned a notorious reputation in conservative circles for launching relentless attacks on candidates who failed to toe the Tea Party line, earning him the Conservative Political Action Conference 2011 blogger of the year award. Manjarres was also well-known throughout the industry for insistence on pay-for-play advertising in exchange for favorable coverage.
Manjarres is listed as one of Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith’s “political insiders” and he is cited regularly by POLITICO Florida.
One infamous episode included Manjarres capturing a handheld video of Democratic U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz accusing then-President George W. Bush of facilitating Hamas’s rise to power in the Gaza Strip. He also filmed Nezar Hamze from the Council on American-Islamic Relations arguing with former Congressman Allen West, demanding the Tea Party darling point out where the Koran orders calls for death to Americans.
Among those Manjarres regularly fought include leaders in the Broward County GOP, calling for the removal of Broward executive committee members, who banned him from videotaping the county party’s monthly meetings.
Proving that he was readily willing to attack his own, Manjarres later blasted U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in 2013 for his “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” which was making way in the Senate at the time. Manjarres decried the bill as an extra burden on an “already debt-ridden” country. Rubio was elected just two years earlier as part of the Tea Party wave.
“According to the newly filed bill, immigrants who are allowed to enter the United States on a work visa will be ‘granted’ a taxpayer funded cellular phone,” Manjarres wrote. “Move over ‘Obama phone,’ we present the new ‘Hola, Como Estas?!’ MarcoPhone.”
The outrageous accusation was immediately discredited by Rubio and his supporters, who clarified the phones were part of a program to supply phones to ranchers and locals residing along the border.”
Manjarres was also a daily contributor on Breitbart News.
He is currently sitting in the Broward County Jail on a no-bond status.