But Burklin said he did not seek comment from Pingree or her office in direct response to the story he was working on, though the Franklin Center claims its reporters are to adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics.
"Diligently seek out subjects of news stories to give them the opportunity to respond to allegations of wrongdoing," the code says.
Nor did he seek to find out if her travel on the private plane was a violation of any sort, which likely would have made the story less sensational.
Called it, by the way.
I'm back from Prince Edward Island, where I've spent the past week away from the internet and cell phone reception, and back to blogging.
I'm not the only one with something to say online, as you can see over at my latest Down East column.
Speaking of blogs and ideological ties; as I note on the about page of this site and to the right of every Down East post, I work for the Maine People's Alliance, a decidedly un-conservative organization.