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Thursday, November 23, 2006


Went searching through the Herald online this morning, eager to read about the latest outrage of a pol naming a crony to a no-show job to burnish his pension (you know, like Billy Bulger). A careful search through the archives and the columnists failed to turn anything up. No indignant editorial. No snarky Howie column.

Instead, I needed to read the Globe to discover that (former) Gov. Mitt Romney said politics played no role at all in his decision to name Eric Fehrnstrom to the Brookline Housing Authority. And that he was unaware that his hatchetman needed some additional public payroll time to earn his pension.

Pinocchio has nothing on this guy. We're going to need to lock up the silverware on the night before he leaves office. I can't recall a Massachusetts lame duck ever doing quite this much malicious damage (outrageous budget cuts topping the list).

But some special umbrage needs to be directed toward the Little Picture Paper, which Fehrnstrom called home for many years before heading into the Dreaded Private Sector and working for former Treasurer Joe Malone. (Notice there is no housing experience mentioned.)

This is the type of story the Herald feasts on -- often unfairly. I find it hard to believe they consider this one unfair. No, I think this one falls into the category of what's good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander. Conservative media bias perhaps.

I eagerly await Howie's next column (and you will never hear me say that again). Maybe he'll focus on former Globie Richard Chacon working for Patrick instead.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have this one all wrong! The reason the Herald has not written anything is because they have laid off so many reporters because of decreased readership that there is no one left to cover the State House during holiday times.

Haven't you noticed that the whole paper is writen by the wire services???

November 23, 2006 12:41 PM  

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