The story also failed to mention GoLocal’s entanglements with its subject: Fenton has both organized fundraisers for Whitehouse and served as a spokesman for the Port of Providence, which was in competition with Quonset for the grant.

Fenton says he keeps the newsroom at arm’s length and had no substantive role in the story. And it must be said that the mainstream media, which has some entanglements of its own, has published its share of questionable stories.

But one thing is clear: old dinosaurs like the ProJo can claim a degree of independence and professionalism that is, as of yet, unmatched on the Internet.

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