Friday, August 26, 2005

Making good news look bad = Seattle Times

The Base Closure and Realignment Commission while looking at closing military bases has good news for the state of Washington.
"At NAS Whidbey the future is so bright you got to wear shades," Larsen said in a statement. "The BRAC Commission's decision will have no impact on the NAS Whidbey's future." [Rep. Rick Larsen, D, WA] Whidbey Island is the home of the EA-6B Prowler and the new home of the next generation of electronic attack planes, the EA-18G, Larsen said. And the Oak Harbor community will soon welcome an aircraft squadron from Spain that will add about 500 new jobs, he said.
And the larger bases are essential: Fort Lewis, McChord AFB, Naval Station Everett, Naval Station/Shipyard Bremerton. So the Times paints these facts as bas news. What bad news? Bremerton was hoping to add more jobs from shipyard closings in Connecticut and Maine. But those will stay open, so Bremerton won't get more jobs.
Vote on Maine base may keep hoped-for jobs from Bremerton
was the large headline on the front page. The people of Bremerton are disappointed they didn't get more jobs. Headline news.

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