I’d the best last person to criticize some hard, investigative news appearing in the local paper, but I was definitely troubled by today’s story about the hiring of a banking commissioner by the Schweitzer administration.
The story’s headline reads “State’s Banking Hire Raises Questions,” but an obvious question came to my mind: who’s asking? There’s not a single quote from any person criticizing the hiring, which means, as far as news goes, no one’s asking any questions. The piece doesn’t reference a single source (named or unnamed) who is critical of the hire.
I’d love to see more investigative reporting in the IR and the other Lee papers. This just isn’t it, though. Unless someone wants to go on the record, this just feels like a smear campaign being conducted by a disgruntled applicant.