It’s funny how some journalists can do a thorough analysis of the content for a story and then throw in a phrase like “stacked with Grits”. Here is the quote:
Meanwhile the Telegraph-Journal has learned that the same consulting firm, based in the capital and stacked with Grits from the McKenna years, was also hired by a different department in the Graham government. The Department of Energy forked over more than $100,000 to Roc Consulting for help developing the province’s energy hub during the same fiscal year the firm was working on the northern economy.
It is rare to see a phrase like this in a TJ article without some corroboration. I have worked with three of the four guys in this ROC group and yes they are from the McKenna years but I never once heard them talking and acting in a partisan way. At least three of them worked for both Liberal and Conservative administrations and at least one was hired under the Hatfield time in office.
It seems to me that this important story – well worth the public eye – has now turned into a pile of sensationalism designed to anger the public. If the CBC and the TJ have any objective proof that this contract was awarded to old buddies of Shawn Graham as some kind of gravy train payment for good Liberal soldiering, then bring out the evidence. Beyond that please keep the hyperbole to a minimum.
And this drive by smear by the opposition again doesn’t mention any facts. What is the point of insinuating backroom deals to anger and frustrate the public without any proof?
Opposition leader David Alward said the sole-sourced contracts are an example of the government’s lack of transparency. “This is one of the multitudes of situations where liberal-friendly firms are feeding at the trough,” he said during a phone interview Monday.
Journalists will fact check and double check information just to be sure and then serve up the most damaging comments of all with a casual, almost filler-like quality.
Too bad. This stuff just hurts legitimate efforts to stimulate economic development in the province.