John DePetro points something out that one would think would be more widely mentioned:
Governor Raimondo made a loud statement by becoming the first Rhode Island Governor to blow off the Bristol July 4, Parade. Sources say the state congressional delegation were shocked Raimondo chose to skip the country’s longest running parade …
Parade organizers usually have to police the number of politicians that want to be part of the parade, and were upset Raimondo skipped it. Raimondo marched last year along with her son while gearing up for her November reelection. One parade source mentioned that even Gov. Linc Chafee always marched in Bristol despite his low poll numbers.
I’m not sure how John verified that no governor has ever missed the parade, but nonetheless, it seems notable that this one did. It also seems notable how little remarked the absence was. Even the state’s leading weekend political wrap-ups don’t take note.
Ordinarily, Ted Nesi’s “Nesi’s Notes” and Ian Donnis’s “TGIF” columns pick up small details of political relevance that might not have fit or been justified for full columns, and neither mentions this. I’ve searched the local sites and, while I may have missed something, I don’t see the missing governor story anywhere. Perhaps the Providence Journal’s “Political Scene” will cover it on Monday.
During the election, last year, the governor released a slick campaign video promoting her presence.
It’s fascinating what gets covered and what doesn’t. While I wouldn’t go so far as to assert bias — Who knows what goes into any particular writer’s coverage decisions on a holiday weekend? — the topic is a good reminder of the leverage of the news media to shape people’s understanding of what’s going on and what’s important.