Published: Jan 19, 2011 8:58 PM EST
Updated: Jan 19, 2011 5:58 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has turned aside criticism that his administration is shutting out the news media and the public.

The multimillionaire Republican insisted he's been transparent and open during the two weeks since he's taken office during a meeting Wednesday with newspaper editors, broadcasters and the Capitol press corps.

Scott responded to their questions at the annual legislative editors meeting hosted by The Associated Press at the Florida Capitol.

Scott - a political newcomer who was successful in his first try at winning public office - did not visit newspapers or seek their endorsements during his successful gubernatorial campaign.

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