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Sunday Column: Appreciating Gubernatorial Ire at Media

Things haven’t been go ing all that well for Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration lately on the media attention front, so maybe it was understandable that he expressed irritation last week when asked about ties to an East Tennessee developer who benefited from recently passed legislation.
“I want to say something: You all’s job is to ask questions, but it’s also your job to get the answer right,” he lectured reporters in the course of explaining why he is without fault in the situation. “Quite frankly, I think it’s a disservice when people imply something’s wrong when they know there’s nothing wrong.”
The Tennessean story that triggered gubernatorial ire reported that he would likely sign “a bill that would aid a personal business associate and overrule the city of Gatlinburg’s efforts to regulate moonshine distilleries.” The article quoted the developer in question, Ned Vickers, and others to the effect that Haslam had no connection to Vickers’ Gatlinburg distillery and that he hadn’t even seen Vickers in years.
But the governor saw an implication there and it made him mad — or at least as close to mad as our mild-mannered and gentlemanly chief executive ever gets in public.

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