In his reply to today's announcement of up to 50 impending newsroom cuts at the Boston Globe, Boston Newspaper Guild president Dan Totten argues that any cuts should focus exclusively on Globe management.
Also noteworthy: according to Totten's email, the new buyout program will be open to all editorial staff, however long they've worked at the paper.
In today's memo announcing the elimination of up to 50 newsroom jobs, Globe editor Marty Baron makes it clear--as publisher Steve Ainsley did earlier this month--that the Globe of the future is still undefined:
Once again, we will have to assess everything we do. And so we will
move promptly to evaluate a wide range of options.
Barack Obama and Deval Patrick have some big things in common: race, David Axelrod, a reliance on a vague but uplifting message of unity and hope.
In the wake of Obama's election, though, he's handling the media much more savvily than Patrick did. Remember: less than a month after winning election as MA governor, Patrick upbraided the press--during a speech at the Mass.
In which I discuss whether the drop-off in anti-Obama invective following his election is a lasting development--or just a temporary lull.
Also: the case against tightening up, however incrementally, on anti-Obama speech.
Until I read this Michael Wolff piece, I hadn't known that Barack Obama recently sat down to dinner with George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, and Bill Kristol. So: thanks to Wolff for that.
What's perplexing, though, is Wolff's description of Obama's dining partners:
By dining at George Will’s house with New York Times columnists William Kristol and David Brooks, and the Washington Post’s Charles Krauthammer, he’s single-handedly revived these guys' careers
Yesterday evening, I knocked Globe reporter Meredith Goldstein for failing to document the (I suggested) somewhat salacious backstory of the marriage of Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power--who wed after meeting on the Obama campaign--in her piece on Obama's matchmaking powers.
I should have kept my mouth shut.
One of the stories currently featured on Boston.com is this piece on the matchmaking power of the Obama campaign. According to Globe reporter Meredith Goldstein, Exhibit A of said power is the new union of Cass Sunstein and Samantha Power:
When President-elect Barack Obama becomes the real deal next week, try to picture him wearing a toga and holding a bow and arrow - something like the cherub above, but maybe without the red high heels (Obama would never wear such impractical shoes).
Remember when the Wall Street Journal suggested that Barack Obama was backing away from his stated commitment to Net Neutrality?
The best thing about Obama tapping Julius Genachowski as his FCC head is that it seems to confirm that the Journal was wrong. From the Journal's own write-up of the Genachowski pick:
When the Times announced Bono's hiring as an op-ed columnist, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal had this to say: “Bono is a great addition to our Op-Ed line-up. He is an extraordinary man
who thinks deeply about his art and the major issues confronting the
world. His writing will reflect that.”
Apparently, Jeremy Jacobs' departure isn't just about him going to the Hill. It's also about Politicker MA shutting down altogether, according to Politico's Michael Calderone.
There's no bad news in the note that Boston Globe publisher Steve Ainsley sent to the paper's employees yesterday. But there's not really any good news, either.
Here's the Cliffs Notes version: we're going to figure out how to make the Globe work as a business proposition, because there's really no other choice.
Or, as Ainsley put it:
No, Tom Finneran's not a journalist. But as a talk-radio host, he really needs to be able to speak critically about the powers that be. Assuming he wants to do his job well, of course.
And what does he do instead? Surprise his bosses at WRKO by getting into lobbying--and then, as the Globe's Frank Phillps reports today, enlist the help of a few ex-MA governors as he tries to finagle a presidential pardon.
Time for a new career, Tom.
Yesterday's Globe "Names" column included a nugget re: Gwen Ifill's new book, The Breakthrough, on the new generation of black politicians. After calling the flap over Ifill's role as presidential-debate moderator overblown, "Names" proceeded to pluck one--and only one--detail from Ifill's text:
One tidbit: Recalling the controversy over Patrick's decision to replace Mitt Romney's Ford Crown Vic with a new Cadillac DeVille DTS, the governor's wife, Diane, takes issue with the Boston Herald for calling the car "tricked-out."
In its sharp deconstruction of today's Maureen Dowd column--which attempts to make the case for Caroline Kennedy as U.S. senator--Gawker rightly notes that Dowd seems to have a double standard regarding the thin resumes of Kennedy and one Sarah Palin.
Undiscussed, though, is the bogus argument Dowd uses to close out her piece.
Even though I'm on Chuck Turner's press-enemies list, I'd like to congratulate the city councilor for goading the Feds into a laughable effort to violate his First Amendment rights. Still more evidence, I think, that Turner's PR campaign is working surprisingly well.
As Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin notes, there's rich irony in the government's contention that Turner shouldn't be able to selectively cite evidence to defend himself.