The Journalist-Government Revolving Door Spins Again


Sorry to those who think I’m being unfair, but I don’t see how this isn’t a problem for Rhode Island journalism and especially the Providence Journal:

Especially coming right on the heals of Kate Bramson’s jump to Senate Policy Director under Democrat President Dominick Ruggerio, Bogdan’s move to be the new $82,699 Deputy Communications Director for Democrat Governor Gina Raimondo looks really, really bad.

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I’ve had cause to point out too many times, in Tiverton, that letting your misbehaving employees gracefully retire (with all of their accumulated sick pay) sends a very strong signal to other employees that they can relax their standards.  Just so, all of these big promotions into government communications offices — or government offices of any kind — send the very strong signal to other journalists that they should be sure to keep their options open as they ask those proverbial tough questions of potential future employees.

If they were smart, Rhode Island news organizations would all initiate revolving door policies.  Of course, first they’d all have to admit the problem, and I’ve seen no sign of that.

  • Lou

    How very un-libertarian of you. You are suggesting restricting an individuals right to make a living because of their occupation?

    • Justin Katz

      First, I’m not a libertarian. Second, I’m seeking no government imposition of terms. What I’m suggesting is that news organizations should realize their self interest and negotiate terms with employees whereby those employees agree not to do things that look corrupt on their face. Presumably, they could negotiate some sort of higher compensation in exchange… if they’re any good and/or have any faith in their union.

      • Lou

        Asking private industry to police itself? What could go wrong? I’m afraid implementing your (political) objectives aren’t necessarily in the best interests of most publicly held companies.

  • stuckinRI

    If you can’t beat them, hire them.
    It just looks bad, you can’t measure intent.
    It would be one thing is they had hired journalists from out of the area that had no immediate interest in local reporting in RI.