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  • January 31, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    If you pay about $1.4 billion for something, only to decide later that it's actually worth about $600 million, that's a bad investment.

    And that's exactly what's happening with the New York Times Co. and its New England Media Group, which just announced that it posted a $648 million loss in the fourth quarter of 2006 after writing down the value of the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram and Gazette by $814.

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  • January 31, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    So, city councilor Mike Ross has been upbraided for his little parking-ticket racket. Here's the Herald's take, and here's the Globe's. Nice juicy story for those of us who love Boston politics.

    My favorite part, though, is the way Sam Tyler of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau sized up the practice that Ross abused--i.

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  • January 29, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Kudos to the unidentified Herald staffer(s) who whipped up this beaut, which accompanied Sunday's item proposing Mayor Menino as Boston's first poet laureate:





    2007 is young, but it's awfully hard to imagine anyone improving on this.
  • January 26, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    This just in: Dave Guarino, who left the Herald to work as communications director for Tom Reilly--first in the AG's office, then for Reilly's gubernatorial campaign--has signed on as communications director for House speaker Sal DiMasi.

    Presumably, this marks the end of Guarino's new blog.*

    Guarino's move proves, for the umpteenth time, that F.



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  • January 25, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    I size up the ongoing re-invention of 'RKO, and divulge the identity of Tom Finneran's almost-co-host.

  • January 24, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    As the Globe notes, Jimmy Carter's visit to Brandeis was "carefully orchestrated." Not only was Alan Dershowitz not allowed to attend Carter's speech and Q-and-A and/or debate him face-to-face, and Jonathan Demme barred from filming the event, but questions for the ex-president were screened beforehand.

    Fortunately, Brandeis has decided to put all the questions online.

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  • January 24, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Could reporters who cover presidential candidates please stop assuming that a quick trip overseas is tantamount to substantive experience?

    Well, how about it?!?

    Exhibit A is today's Globe story on Mitt Romney's four-day (!) trip to Israel. According to the article, Romney's visit

    serves two important political objectives: It further deepens his foreign policy resume and helps him strengthen ties to American Jews, a group of voters and donors the GOP believes is increasingly integral to the party.






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  • January 23, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Earlier this month, I suggested that Governor Deval Patrick might make a habit of bypassing the media and communicating directly with the electorate. Now comes word that Patrick's first gubernatorial podcast will debut this Friday--another hint that Patrick would rather make his case to the public than to the press.

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  • January 22, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    "We had the dagger out and didn’t twist it enough to touch any organs. They kept living, they kept surviving and lo and behold they won the game."--Patriots cornerback Ellis Hobbs, explaining his team's stunning loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the Boston Herald.

  • January 19, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Sorry, Gayle-n-Laura, but Bill Belichick didn't start a trend with his use of "It is what it is." Consider these long-ago uses of said cliché:
    "People say things like that about our ballclub and they may be right. But them thinking it doesn't necessarily mean it's so, just like us thinking we're a good team and can beat the Celtics isn't necessarily wrong.

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  • January 18, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Today on WBUR's On Point, New York Times columnist Tom Friedman launched into this embarrasing tirade when a caller criticized his former support for the war in Iraq:

    I'm really sorry. Next time... I promise, I really promise, I will be a better liberal. I will not in any way support any effort to bring democracy to a country ruled by an oil-backed tyranny.


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  • January 18, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    It's misplaced, all this righteous indignation over Eileen McNamara saying bad things about Jimmy Kelly before he was buried.

    Seriously. If Billy Bulger can use Kelly's death as an excuse to re-open the busing battle--in the eulogy at Kelly's funeral!--McNamara was well within her rights to argue the other side.

  • January 17, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Thanks to the ever-watchful men and women of State House News Service, we now know that a bunch of spokespeople (spokespersons?) from the '06 gubernatorial election have found gainful new employment. Here's the rundown:

    --Kahlil Byrd, whose exit as Deval Patrick's spokesman last spring remains something of a mystery, is now the governor's appointments director.

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  • January 17, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    This morning on WBUR's On Point, Jeffrey Goldberg noted that Barack Obama's almost-presidential candidacy marks the first time an African-American has a real shot at winning the White House.

    Goldberg is right. That said, the question of how voters will respond to Obama's race/ethnicity is an open one. Over at Salon, Walter Shapiro thinks it's striking that so few people are talking about the race issue right now:



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  • January 17, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    The big challenge for journalists covering murders in predominantly minority parts of Boston--i.e., murders in Boston--is finding a way to make them seem as tragic as they are, even when the public might be inclined to succumb to compassion fatigue.

    So kudos to the Globe's Brian Ballou, who does just that in today's story on Luis Gerena

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