Remember when the Translink fare cheater thing blew-up, bigtime, and it seemed like every single media outlet (not to mention holier-than-thou-commentator) in town was all over the 'story' like Sheena on Easton's morning train?
Was the story real?
Sure, I know there were studies and (not)taxpayer groups helping to stoke the thing, but...
Was it manufactured?
I mean if you were, say, a lobbyist with PR firm connections who needed to create, oh I dunno, a $200 million dollar after-market where none existed before, wouldn't you, perhaps, want to send your flying flack-hackery monkeys out in droves (or pods or whatever those things really are) to get the Wurlitzer cranking?
The thing that really makes me crazy about this whole deal, regardless the PR/Wurlitzer/HerdMedia machinations that went on behind the scenes, is that it sure looks, and smells, like a whole lotta folks, PR/lobby-connected or otherwise, sure made out like bandits on this one - on both ends of the deal.
And we, the public, have been bamboozled once again, this time by our own faux-outrage, into helping them do it.
With our money.
Two hundred million dollar 'turnstiles'?
On the plus side, at least were not 'singing songs for PR pimps with tailors' too.
You want a serious analysis of why this whole thing stinks and won't even pay for itself for, like, forever?....Stephen Rees (who is now on the BlogCrawl - don't know why it took me so long) is your man...