Emily Rooney just reported on "Greater Boston" to the nodding agreement of Paul Cellucci's Republican press secretary, that the curtains were falling off the wall in the office--and that a table collapsed under the weight of a book at a press event the week before the furniture arrived. You heard me. A press event. Which none of its attendees reported on. The press knows exactly what they're doing--playing their "outraged" readers and viewers for fools.If it's a choice between Deval spending money without being a little more transparent and getting kicked around in the media, rightfully so or not, or the media just, well, lying... I'd rather Deval be made the villain. Otherwise, the media is dead - and not just dying slowly. Ultimately, I can't think of one thing more important to democracy than a free and fair media... so to see it officially six feet under would be a crying shame.
It could have been that Deval really did need new furniture - that the furniture and decor that was there was completely falling apart. Budget crisis or not, those things need to be replaced if that's the case. It's not like drapery is cheap... look what upwards of only $600 buys for one window at JC Penny! And furniture?? Just ask Steverino about it...
And in a world where one can easily pay $10,000 or more for a single couch, the furniture was hardly "lavish." The prices reported in today's Globe were right in line for decent furniture. While, as a grad student, you doubtless have humbler tastes, don't you agree it might have raised a few eyebrows to replace the collapsing
furniture in the governor's office with beanbag chairs and crushed Dorito bags?