I asked to cover the “Special Invitation Only Event with Gordon van Welie, ISO New England” as press, and was denied access by Peter Howe of Denterline, “an independent public relations agency that inspires and influences the people you care about most.”

Denterlein advertises itself saying, “We help organizations prepare for and weather crisis events that can damage even the most stalwart brands.” Like Invenergy, I suppose.

Here’s the email:

“Hi, Steve … Jim Leahy forwarded your email to me (we’re helping with press tomorrow).

“Thanks for asking, but it’s a by-invitation-only private event, and we’re inviting only non-partisan/non-activist outlets like the ProJo, NPR, etc. Thanks for understanding.

“Cheers,

“Peter J. Howe | Senior Advisor”

Peter Howe

Calling the ProJo non-partisan on the issue of the power plant is frankly silly:

Editorial: New England’s energy challenges

Editorial: Costly choices on energy

What New England Coalition for Affordable Energy and Rhode Islanders for Affordable Energy are trying to do is court friendly media.

Dave Anderson, from the Energy and Policy Institute writes, “The Energy and Policy Institute tried to RSVP for the event, but was told that space was limited to attendees “attached to one of the sponsoring organizations” by a representative of the Liberty Square Group.”

I’ll be covering the event with protesters outside.

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sallyjanew
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I don’t read Projo, and I often find myself screaming at my little portable radio I use when I wash dishes. NPR has often missed the mark on local news. I only listen to Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me and The Moth, with occasional reruns of Cah Tahk and International News. Occasionally a friend will post an article from Projo. I am always pissed off when I read one.

But I do read every article I can here on UpriseRI, and have the utmost respect for Steve Ahlquist as a journalist and as a person.

Providence Citizen
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Well let’s be real, it’s not like they can expect fair, non-slanted coverage from this blog.

As far as ProJo being non-partisan – you cite two editorials, when you know that opinion/editorial and reporting are separate operations at a newspaper.

I’m never happy to see journalists denied access. But you also make it clear that you are not a straight news reporter, and that you have already taken a side on this issue and therefore they can’t expect anything approaching fair, non-biased coverage.