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Friday, April 22, 2011

Makin' it up as they go along

The story has so many weasel words it needs a hunting license. But that doesn't stop the Tea Party Newsletter from fronting a story insinuating Deval Patrick has something to worry about into the upcoming Sal DiMasi corruption trial.

There are two "coulds" a "may" and and "if" before you get through the screaming all-cap front page "Deval on the Hot Seat," two-deck headline and lead paragraph spread across two inside pages.

Should you make it through that, you are greeted in the fifth paragraph by the immortal phrase "if -- and that's still a big if." But not before being regaled by a Boston University political science professor expounding about "the worst of all possible worlds" IF Patrick is called to testify -- as a prosecution witness -- in the trial where DiMasi stands accused of shaking down Cognos LLC to secure a state contract that was later rescinded.

Toss in a few more "coulds" and "ifs," quotes from two Republican consultants and you have a foul concoction of rumor, innuendo and idle speculation masquerading as journalism.

It took two reporters to produce this? I could be appalled if, and that's a big if, I believed the Tea Party Newsletter practices journalism.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Dennis Martinek said...

I wish you would comment on my town which is being embarrassed by Republicans. I used to be one up until two weeks ago.

http://www.examiner.com/independent-in-boston/losing-sight-of-the-real-issues-an-election-a-timeline-of-accusations

April 22, 2011 7:45 PM  

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