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  • April 06, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    My question: can anyone remember another instance of the Globe and Herald leading with identical headlines? (And no, I don't think the Herald's hyphens are significant.)

    Also, shouldn't there be some kind of penalty in cases like this?




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  • April 05, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Here's my question about the Herald's new Guardian Angel blog: can the paper cover the Angels with any semblance of objectivity since they're now Herald contributors?

    I'd say no. Letting the Angels get their message out via the Herald's web site-and giving their contributions prominent play--strikes me as a de facto endorsement of the group and its methods, the Herald's disclaimer ("All opinions in this blog are those of the Guardian Angels organization and not the Boston Herald") notwithstanding.

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  • April 05, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    In this week's issue, I gaze deep into Barstool's soul and wrestle with what I see.

    Unfortunately, I make two mistakes in the process. MA unemployment insurance (which Barstool founder Dave Portnoy collected before launching the paper in '03) is funded by taxes on businesses, not individuals. And Barstool writer Jamie Chisholm isn't named "Jerry."

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  • April 04, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    It wasn't as bad as it seemed!

    That's the mildly heartening conclusion of "Anna Nicole Smith--Anatomy of a Feeding Frenzy," a new report by the Project for Excellence in Journalism. Here's a fuller explanation:

    The Smith saga did not attract major coverage from all the media sectors studied, which includes 48 different outlets across five media sectors.




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  • April 04, 2007
    By Adam Reilly



    Over the last few days, blogger Dave Guarino has written extensively about the Globe metro columnist slot that opened up when Eileen McNamara left. In addition to listing some possible successors (e.g. Carolyn* Ryan, Yvonne Abraham, Beth Healy), Guarino lavished praise on metro columnist Brian McGrory, who’s since shifted into McNamara’s coveted Wed/Sun slot:




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  • April 02, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Yesterday's Post featured a great critique of the annual Gridiron Club dinner, wherein Washington's journalists and politicans pal around and perform stupid skits. The Post's Linton Weeks makes an excellent case that the dinner is not, in fact, such a good thing:

    It's one thing for comedians and satirists to turn political transgressions into punch lines.


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  • April 02, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    We've got a tale of two ledes today, folks. First, the Globe:
    Mayor Thomas M. Menino attended Palm Sunday services in the city yesterday, trying to reassure people that Boston is safe.

    "This city is working," Menino told more than 900 people gathered at Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan. "There are good things happening.


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  • April 01, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Today’s 4800-word Times story on the “amazing girls” of Newton North High School is currently the most emailed item at NYTimes.com. This is depressing.

    Here’s the conceit:
    Esther and Colby are two of the amazing girls at Newton North High School here in this affluent suburb just outside Boston. “Amazing girls” translation: Girls by the dozen who are high achieving, ambitious and confident (if not immune to the usual adolescent insecurities and meltdowns).



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