Eileen McNamara says the New York Times Co. treats the Globe like a "cheap whore." Rory O'Connor agrees. Given that the Times Co. is threatening to close the paper--without even deigning to publicly comment on this threat--I understand why they're pissed.
But without defending the Times Co.'s current MO, let me play devil's advocate. For starters, unpleasant as they are, the Times Co.'s current hardball tactics are hardly unprecedented in this era of newspaper implosion. And under the Times Co., the Globe newsroom has fared better than many (though not as well as the Times newsroom itself).
It's also worth noting that the Times Co.-owned Globe has kept its Washington bureau alive at a time when every other comparable paper seems to be closing shop in DC. Politico's Michael Calderone discusses this in a piece today; here's an excerpt:
While there have been more reporters in the bureau over the past couple
of decades — perhaps as many as a dozen — the Globe's staffing level is
still high for Washington at this precarious moment within the
newspaper industry; now, regional dailies continue to rely more heavily
on D.C. copy from wire services or niche outlets.
Salt Lake Tribune reporter Thomas Burr, who's currently president of
the Regional Reporters Association, said "it's impressive that The
Boston Globe has been able to hang on in this town."
"In this day and age," Burr continued, "it's pretty unusual to see that."