R.I. Governor Indicates State Worker Talk Radio Ban Might Not Be Permanent
January 13, 2011 at 5:17 AM (PT)
RHODE ISLAND Governor LINCOLN CHAFEE is defending his ban on state workers appearing on Talk radio but indicating that he may ease the ban at some point. The PROVIDENCE JOURNAL reports that CHAFEE, dismissing Talk radio as "more entertainment than journalism" and blaming it as corrosive to the political process, said that the primary problem is that the interviews are time-consuming, then indicated that the ban may not be permanent.
The ban, he said, would remain in effect "until we get our financial house in order, let’s set our priorities and stick to them."
The administration's initial announcement of the ban, which blocked state employees from appearing on talk radio during state work hours, was followed by a clarification TUESDAY that the ban would only apply to state workers under the governor's control and would not apply in the case of public emergencies like weather events.