Last Tuesday I posted “What’s With The Post’s Lisa Rein?” here, noting that she has quoted anti-tax advocate James Parmelee in at least 20 stories in the past two years. She’s not the only one at The Post with Parmelee on speed dial. A Lexis-Nexis search turns up nearly 100 instances over the past two years of Parmelee being quoted in the paper’s stories – about once a week.
Worse, his quotes do nothing to illuminate the questions, and Post reporters allow him to make uncorroborated statements, as in the story about the state’s budget debate:
“I’m not saying we shouldn’t fund the disabled children or not fund the hospitals and nursing homes,” said James T. Parmelee, a tax opponent who sits on the board of the state’s Department of Medical Assistance Services. “But there are more effective ways we can provide these services — so that people on the waiting list can receive what they need, but we can also balance our budget without raising taxes.”