Katherine Gregg, Conspirator
It may be that it doesn’t come across as often as it should, but I’m as disappointed as anybody that Governor Carcieri seems often not to understand the image that he must present to counter the break-and-blame strategy that the Democrats have woven into the governance of Rhode Island. If actions of the General Assembly impeded him from meeting his budget, he should have taken whatever proclaimedly draconian steps were necessary and offered the clear cause/effect argument. But oh how I wish that we could rely on our front-page-caliber journalists not to be as complicit in the conspiracy as the politicians.
The latest indicator of the problem comes with Katherine Gregg’s attempted zinger at the end of a front page “news” report for which she apparently fabricated an entire (shall we say) journalistic act by leading House Majority Leader Gordon Fox (D, Providence) toward her chosen topic:
[Gubernatorial spokeswoman Amy Kempe] did not mention as a contributing factor [to executive overspending] the governor’s hiring of a second out-of-state lawyer, James Bopp, at a cost of $15,000 to file a legal brief here in a same-sex marriage case.
Apparently, Gregg didn’t have time to find somebody else in whose mouth to put her riposte. And apparently, the Providence Journal didn’t have space to list every single budgetary line item that Ms. Kempe “did not mention.”