That would be Deadspin founder and New York magazine contributing editor Will Leitch, who's also known as the guy Buzz Bissinger yelled at.
According to a press release from WEEI.com, Leitch "will be joining WEEI.com to provide an outsider’s look at Boston sports and its fans." Boston Sports Media Watch reports that Leitch's column will run twice a month.
I'm talking about the print edition, FYI. Right now, I'm paying a special discounted rate of $15.52 per month--which came with a $10 Dunkin' Donuts gift card! But once that expires, the Globe's new price increase will put my monthly rate at a whopping $37 per month.
I've always preferred reading an actual newspaper to the online version, but the intensity of that preference has ebbed over the past few years.
Ask yourself: If Barack Obama had criticized President Bush's handling of an international crisis and sent his own emissaries to the country in question--while John McCain, in contrast, offered muted commentary during a vacation in his home state--how would the political commentariat respond? Would we be marvelling at Obama's forcefulness and fluency? Or would we instead be nodding our heads and saying, "Yeah, he really is full of himself"?
Amalie Benjamin is taking over for Gordon Edes as the paper's Red Sox beat writer. Also, Tony Massarotti is jumping from the Herald for a new online-focused job. Plus, Boston.com gets a new sports reporter!
Here's the memo* sports editor Joe Sullivan sent this afternoon:
We have some very exciting changes to announce in the sports department.
A couple days ago, I suggested that the Herald had been driving the "Clark Rockefeller" story more than the Globe. But I also reserved the right to weasel out of that assessment.
Let the weaseling commence. After hunkering down with a couple weeks worth of papers, I can say that the Herald did beat the Globe on a few key details of the story.
I didn't read this Globe op-ed on "linguistic paranoia" until yesterday evening. But when I did, my sympathy for the author's goal was pretty much negated by her deeply questionable reasoning.
Nataly Kelly--"a senior analyst with Common Sense Advisory, a market research firm specializing in business globalization"--thinks Americans should learn more languages.
...Tonight at 8 pm on New England Cable News. We'll be discussing coverage of 1. John Edwards' affair and 2. "Clark Rockefeller."
Right now, I plan to say that the press as a whole was too slow to cover Edwards' dalliance. This isn't a private matter: for example, if Edwards' infidelity had become a major story at the beginning of the Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton could be the nominee now rather than Barack Obama.
In which I argue that Kevin Cullen shouldn't second-guess his decision to write about Rakan Hassan.
I've just now seen this clip of David Gergen referring to the racial subtext of the GOP's Obama-as-narcissist shtick, and all I can say is: kudos to Gergen for bluntly pointing out the racial subtext of these attacks.
If any conservatives read my piece in this week's Phoenix, in which I make much the same argument, they may have dismissed this point as the carping of a liberal partisan.
My contention: the Barack Obama-as-narcissist theme, which has been all over the press of late, is stale, logically shaky--and comes with a strong racial subtext.
Something to consider, especially since John McCain is now accusing Obama of playing the race card.
A strong case can be made for today's effort. First, there's the "Crockefeller" headline, which is just perfect. Then there's the main image. At first, it seems attention-grabbing but somewhat random. Then, though, you read the caption and understand: here's an actual photo of "Clark Rockefeller" acting--which he's been doing his entire life.
It looks that way. Last year, when Barack Obama proposed attacking Al Qaeda targets in Pakistan without Pakistani permission, the president cited that suggestion as proof of Obama's poor judgement. So did John McCain.
forward one year. On Monday, a U.S. missile strike in South
Waziristan--which apparently killed a prominent Al Qaeda target--seems
to have been executed without Pakistan's approval.
No word yet on whether McCain's changed his mind as well.
Granted, my look at coverage of Jim Marzilli and mental illness in general is no longer "hot off the presses." But it was fairly recently! So please: take a look if you haven't already.
No, this doesn't mean that John Tomase is leaving the Herald. But according to Herald sports editor Hank Hryniewicz, Tomase probably is leaving the Patriots beat.
"That posting is for Rob Bradford's spot," Hryniewicz tells the Phoenix. "I reserve the right to change my mind, of course, but the best guy I see out there to replace Rob on the Red Sox beat is John Tomase.
First off--and by way of a disclaimer--let me say that I'm usually a big Boston.com fan. I think the site's well-presented, and getting more so; I'm a frequent reader; and the Big Picture blog, about which I'll be writing later this week, is just outstanding.
All that said, this Boston.com feature--"Where in the world are the sexiest people?"--is a total hoot.