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Update: Newspaper Never Asked to Change Story on Whitehouse and Deepwater

Monday, May 03, 2010

 

The Providence Business News was never asked to a change a Nov. 18, 2009 story that said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's wife, Dr. Sandra Whitehouse, had been hired by Deepwater Wind as an "independent permitting consultant" that same month, according to Mark Murphy, the editor. "Not as far as I know, because we would have made a change," Murphy told GoLocalProv in an interview this afternoon. "Certainly no one called me."

Today, GoLocalProv reported that the hiring came just less than three weeks after Sen. Whitehouse signed an Oct. 23, 2009 letter urging the U.S. Department of Transportation to approve a $22.3 million grant for infrastructure improvements to the Quonset Business Park. The improvements would have benefitted Deepwater Wind.

Today, Sen. Whitehouse told WPRO News Talk 630 that the GoLocalProv report was "a mystery" and claimed that his wife had not worked for the company and "never got a dime from them."

 

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Comments:

Good to know that one can send a press release to the ProJo or the Providence Business News and they will just print it without any due diligence. Then again, GoLocalProv seems to have adopted the same sad standard of journalistic integrity.

Comment #1 by Jacob Loupus on 2010 05 04

Deepwater also brought on board Bryan Wilson, a former New Shoreham town councilor, to serve as its liaison to the island’s population. In Providence, the company said Susan M. DeMacedo has joined Deepwater Wind as a full-time office manager.


were the other two folks mentioned in the press release hired?

Comment #2 by Paul Doughty on 2010 05 04




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