A brief follow-up to the Joe Nocera column in the NY Times that's referenced below. It's clear reading the column that Nocera has uncovered few weighty facts and relied heavily on a liberal blogger by the name of Bob Plain for the assertion that the receivership plan for Woonsocket is being driven by the right-of-center ALEC rather than by financial necessity. But Plain himself on his blog says that his assertion is based on circumstantial evidence, as a local reporter in Rhode Island notes. It is rather startling that a Times columnist would write such a column without apparently even cracking open the Woonsocket financial books and, as Josh Barro noted, bothering to "do his homework," and instead basing his work on a blogger relying on inference. Or maybe it isn't so startling.
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