My last article for the Portland Phoenix looked at the governor’s firing of MTI’s Bob Martin. Apparently the Portland Press Herald is doing some follow-up on the firing and what might be behind it. Of course, this type of “fact-checking” reminds me of the recent post by journalism professor and press critic, Jay Rosen, what he referred to as “he said, she said” journalism. I hope there’s more to come on this from Whit Richardson.
I was able to locate the smoke, but as a freelancer, I don’t have the resources and time due to the need to chase a new story and another deadline, to find the fire. I wish I could dig deeper, as this governor’s inability to tolerate other viewpoints is quite obvious to me. I’m also pretty sure that most of what the governor is saying about MTI and what’s behind the firing is BS.
Today, I’m off in pursuit of two deadlines for two different editors, plus working on other feature articles highlighting nonprofits. One of my stories is about economic development, the city of Portland, and why traditional ED models no longer work. Don’t tell that to Paul LePage, or his economic lackeys, all economic development dinosaurs.
All you really need to know about the governor’s grasp of local growth economics and the economy of the state he was voted in to support and grow is illustrated in his veto of LD 1431 back in April. This bill would have provided support to local food hubs where the principal economic benefits flow back to participating farmers, and due to the multiplier effect, substantially enhance local economies.
Gubernatorial candidate, Mike Michaud, recognizes that local Ag matter in Maine’s economic mix.
Off to the trenches—the work of a freelance writer is never done.