Earlier this year, I wrote that Boston news outlets were in the right in noting that Aiden Quinn--the T driver responsible for that nasty crash at Government Center--used to be a woman. This upset a number of people, including a reader who commented that--if I wasn't transsexual myself--I had "absolutely no right or privelege to discuss issues of disclosure of trans status."
Interesting, this: the Herald's story on GOP gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker's new running mate, State Sen. Richard Tisei, doesn't mention Tisei's sexuality once.
The Globe, however, takes a different tack. Last week, Frank Phillips cited Tisei's orientation in a piece on Baker's shortlist of possible running mates--albeit in casual terms, as my Phoenix colleague David Bernstein aptly noted
This week's Bay Windows makes the case that the death of the Washington Blade--part of the broader demise of GLBT publishing behemoth Window Media and Unite Media--is primarily about one particular corporate culture. Co-publishers Jeff Coakley and Sue O'Connell have a vested interest here, since their own publication (which, I should note, is printed by the Phoenix Media/Communications Group*) recently competed with Window/Unite's IN Newsweekly.
A few minutes ago, I raised some questions about Jeff Jacoby's column on Barack Obama's allegedly outsized ego. One of my queries: had Jacoby--who notes that Obama used the pronoun "I" 34 times in his speech announcing the federal takeover of GM--sought similar data on other presidents? And if so, why hadn't he included it?
I don't want to waste too much time on Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby's assault on Barack Obama's ego, because it's literally yesterday's news. I do, however, have a few questions after reading Jacoby's piece:
--Jacoby hits Obama for not going to Germany this past week to mark the 20th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall.
In which I argue that Nidal Hasan's Muslim faith caused brain lock on the right and left alike. Please take a look.
Conservatives are having a field day with Barack Obama's remarks yesterday on the Fort Hood shootings--or, more specifically, with the strange, incongruous prelude to those remarks.
Readers of this blog will know that I'm a pretty liberal dude. But I must say, the president screwed up here. Check out the official White House video (!):
I'll be watching the Boston media watch the Boston election this evening and posting updates at Twitter (twitter.com/reillyadam).
But I have just one pair of eyes and ears. So please: if anything strikes you about tonight's coverage, feel free to weigh in with a comment here.
The Globe* and Boston Sports Media Watch already noted this, but it bears mentioning nonetheless: Comcast Sports Net is joining the ongoing Boston-sports-media arms race in earnest, launching what it's dubbing "New England's deepest sports desk."
The press release follows. Here's my question for any voracious sports-media consumers out there: Right now, what's your first stop for sports news/commentary/vide? And do you see Comcast's gambit changing that at all?
Last week, on the "Beat the Press" installment of WGBH's "Greater Boston," I suggested that the Christian Science Monitor's transition to a web-based model--with a weekly print edition replacing the daily paper--had been eased by the CSM's religious affiliation. More specifically, I argued that Christian Scientists* would be more likely to pay for a new weekly incarnation of the publication founded by Mary Baker Eddy than, say, your average Globe reader would be if the Globe made a similar leap.