From yesterday’s letters to the Globe: Sounds like some people saw through Andrea Estes’ non-story on Deval Patrick’s choice to run the Department of Industrial Accidents. Here’s Steven Salerno of Cambridge:
Apparently, we are to understand that some kind of “Heckuva job, Brownie” hackery is at work, with Paul Buckley, husband of Patrick supporter Marian Walsh, weaseling his way into a cushy sinecure, commissioner of the Department of Industrial Accidents, simply to boost his state pension.
… When we get to substance, Estes glides over the devious loophole Buckley plans to exploit to secure his pension boost: He has to work for it, for three full years.
That lousy cheating no-good hack! They’re all the same!
Neither did Richard Hale of Newton get the memo that this was more of “hacks run wild”:
While it’s true that Judge Buckley’s pension will increase if he works three more years, that is the way the pension system works in Massachusetts. He is being given a job, not a “pension boost.”
Look, if you left out all the insinuation of skimming, sloth and sleaze, what kind of story would you have? Oops.
But hey, maybe we just need to give journalists permission to actually just report the facts — all sides — even without the fakey pre-packaged narratives. Real, granular, complex, messy truth is much more interesting than the same-old same-old.