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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Another media zoo?

I couldn't help but notice the coincidence.

The Globe (properly) highlights the peril awaiting many poor families with children after yet another round of human service budget cutting that has -- to date -- been pretty hidden from public view.

Meanwhile, buried as a brief, we quietly learn of a deal with Zoo New England, contingent upon getting their fiscal affairs in order, to get a $5 million public appropriation.
“I’m hoping it’s the beginning of a new day,’’ zoo chief John Linehan said in a phone interview last night. “Certainly in many ways it’s long overdue.’’
That's a much more subdued response than last summer, when he hinted at euthanizing animals if the public spigot wasn't opened.

One contrived media flap later, Linehan did get public funds. Will the children of severely disabled parents get the same public reaction for a much more real scenario?

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