Monday, January 3, 2011

Adventures in Burying the Lede: Arizona Inauguration Editon

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Today is Arizona's inauguration day, with Gov. Jan Brewer's first full term kicking into gear this afternoon with the other five Republican statewide office holders. Understandably, The Arizona Republic had something in their print edition today previewing the affair, in which we learned that some rose bushes were moved to accommodate the guests. Fascinating!

However, as an online addendum in their Political Insider blog this morning, the Republic mentioned what they cut from the story:

Republic reporter Mary K. Reinhart included a line in her story about Gov. Jan Brewer's inauguration that got cut out for space in the print version, but it's worth noting:

"Gov. Jan Brewer's office has not responded to public-records requests from The Republic regarding the cost of the event and details on private donations. A list of nearly 60 in-kind or cash donors is printed on the back of the program."

Reporter Ginger Rough sent the request more than two weeks ago, but—like many of our records requests—the office hasn't yet come through with the information.

We asked for things such as the total expected cost and a breakdown of how much is being covered by private donations...

Yet, still no word from them on today's events.

To understand, foliage arrangements are print-worthy, but a lack of accountability is not.

Thanks, Arizona Republic!

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