A Thought on H-P, Economic Development and the Free Press

From the Arkansas Times, Max Brantley:

Haley refers to Arkansas Business, first out of the box Monday with the rapidly circulating whispers about this development. Good on them. It’s a newspaper’s responsibility to report news, not meekly serve as an adjunct of the Chamber of Commerce. It is irresponsible NOT to report news. More reporting might result in states being held up less by industry extortionists.

It is also pure hokum to say a three-day jump on the news could have prompted the company to pull up stakes and go elsewhere. This deal didn’t turn on the guarantee of a surprise announcement Thursday. It turned on cheap and acceptable labor, location, Conway’s sufficient insulation from the perceived ills of urban areas and $50 million or more in handouts. Not to mention groveling state officials. No need for the press to grovel, too. If the price of economic development is a government-controlled press, the price is too damn high.

Previously

Metropolitan Bank, HP in Conway Make for Big Business Wednesday

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