If, like me, you're a fan of the work Le Ann Schrieber has done as ESPN ombudsman, be sure to check out her interview with The Big Lead. There's a lot of interesting stuff therein, but I was especially struck by Schreiber's professed affinity with the same sports bloggers that many traditional sports journalists love to hate:
Now starring on Boston.com: some dude taking what looks like a really painful fall on the ice.
Questions to consider:
1) If you were the guy in question, how would you feel about the Globe documenting your accident? (Note: it's not clear whether the subject knew he was photographed or not.)
2) Consider the explanation that accompanies the fifth, ugliest photo: "Moments before this series of photos was taken Globe photographer David
Ryan himself slipped and fell on the ice, damaging one of his cameras.
In this week's paper, I proposes ten ways to help the Globe stop its downward slide--and debunk some revisionist history involving Bill Kristol's disastrous stint with the Times.
If the NYT Co. has anything to say about it, it'll soon be a thing of the past. The company announced today that it's hired Goldman, Sachs to "explore the possible sale" of its 17.75 stake in New England Sports Ventures, which owns the Red Sox, Fenway, and a bunch of other stuff.
Also, no more monthly revenue reports from the NYT Co.
Credit goes to Adam Gaffin.
BTW, and since I've got linking on the brain: this is the sort of linking we should be worried about protecting. Not impersonal aggregation that consolidates news without interpreting or expanding on it.
Recovering Journalist blogger Mark Potts today pans the NYT Co. for "wimp[ing] out" in the face of GateHouse Media's lawsuit--and, in the processes, advances the widespread notion that GateHouse's suit was unjustifiable:
[I]n waging an old-fashioned kind of newspaper war, GateHouse brought an antique blunderbuss to bear on a fight over a high-tech mosquito
Back on Halloween, I had harsh words for then-McCain campaign spokesman Michael Goldfarb's references--during an appearance on CNN--to an unnamed and (allegedly) anti-Semitic Friend of Obama.
Now, in an interview with Columbia Journalism Review's Kate Klonick, Goldfarb discusses that appearance and how it was received, inside and outside the campaign:
Would-be MA House Speaker John Rogers seems to be contradicting himself, big time, in a new State House News Service article on jockeying to succeed Sal DiMasi, who's leaving office amid a flurry of scandals.
First, here's Rogers, who's currently the House Majority Leader, giving reporter Jim O'Sullivan his argument for delaying the vote on DiMasi's successor:
I'm torn on this one. On the one hand, I tend toward curmudgeonly skepticism of new technologies. On the other hand, I also tend toward curmudgeonly skepticism of the Vatican.
Anyway, here's what Benedict XVI--who, it should be noted, just started his own YouTube channel--recently had to say about the perils of Facebook and other social-networking applications:
If you're marvelling at the measured tone of Muammar Qaddafi's op-ed in today's Times, make sure you read Kevin Cullen's column in today's Globe as well.
Citing Chelmsford resident Mohammed Eljahmi, whose brother Fathi was imprisoned by Qaddafi's regime, Cullen argues that Qaddafi's current media offensive--which also featured an op-ed on Russia that ran in the Globe and the Washington Times--amounts to a transparent push for undeserved image rehabilitation.
Quick: guess which Boston paper is marking Barack Obama's win with a 32-page glossy publication, titled "Boston Celebrates Barack Obama: Reflections on a man, his life and our times," on sale tomorrow for just $2.99?
No, it's not the Boston Globe. It is, instead, the Boston Herald--which, in endorsing McCain last October, suggested that it would be a bad idea to put a "naif in the Oval Office."
When Slate chronicled the affinities between Barack Obama and Pepsi last August, those connections may have been (in author James Ledbetter's words) "largely accidental."
Not anymore. In case you missed it, Pepsi's doing its damndest to co-opt Obamania with its "Refresh Everything" campaign, which involves the uploading of video messages for the president (to a dedicated YouTube channel, natch) and participate in additional "fun experiences" still to be announced.
Last week, I argued that our Deval Patrick's post-election courtship of the media contrasted unfavorably with Barack Obama's. In retrospect, I may have exaggerate Obama's willingness to cultivate the press as a whole; among other things, he's been surprisingly cool to the New York Times.
Still, Obama seems to know that it's better to build relationships with the media rather than needlessly antagonizing them--and, when he feels like it, can do so pretty smoothly.
As I watched Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs offer an unconvincing defense of Treasury Secretary-in-waiting Tim Geithner's tax-challenged ways during an appearance on Fox News Sunday, I found myself thinking: if this were a Republican nominee, liberals (e.g., me) would be rightly incensed.
But as the Globe's Joan Vennochi notes today, the double standard that Geithner is benefitting from might not just be about party.
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