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  • September 29, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Oddly, today's Globe story on Mayor Menino's interest in building a wind turbine on City Hall Plaza doesn't mention the mayor's interest in selling off City Hall and the plaza and moving city government to South Boston. But the two plans don't really seem compatible.

    Time will tell, but this sure suggests that Menino's changed his mind.

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  • September 28, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    This is hardly unprecedented, but it still bears mentioning: today's Globe story on the Red Sox selling off thousands of bleacher seats for $550 each ($495 for season-ticket holders!) pretty much reads like a free advertisement for the team.

    And, to make matters worse, it doesn't mention that the NY Times Co., which owns the Globe, is also a part-owner of the Sox's parent company.

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  • September 26, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    What to say about yesterday’s firing of Michael Brodeur as editor of the Weekly Dig? A few points are worth highlighting.

    --Dig publisher Jeff Lawrence, who repurchased the paper from Metrocorp, Boston magazine’s parent company, back in May, apparently informed Brodeur he was out at the end of the day Tuesday, after this week’s Dig had shipped.

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  • September 25, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    I've just finished the final installment of the Globe's "Choices of the Heart" series, and I'm left with a feeling of...befuddlement.

    Yes, the three front-page stories--all by reporter Patricia Wen--were engaging reads. But compared to Barbara's Story, which won Wen a Casey Award and made her a Pulitzer Finalist back in 2004*, they lacked depth and thematic coherence.

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  • September 24, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    A few minutes ago, I got an email from Media Matters for America, the liberal media watchdog group, with this dramatic subject line: "REPORT: Massachusetts Op-Ed Pages Dominated by Right."

    Can it be?!? Upon further inspection, maybe not. MMA's study only looks at syndicated columnists, which means that the Globe's generally liberal stable of in-house columnists count for nothing--as does the paper's generally liberal editorial page.

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  • September 21, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Today's Herald has a story on two Dorchester boys--brothers or half-brothers, aged 12 and 10--who found a fully loaded gun and turned it in to the police.

    But it's not a feel-good piece. The boys' mother, Keisa Winston, says she's afraid her sons will be targeted for their good deed--hence the Herald's headline (MOM: I'M AFRAID FOR MY BOYS).

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  • September 20, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    I've been following the saga of Sophie Currier with interest, since Currier attended the same Minnesota high school as I did. Today--in a Globe story reporting that a Norfolk Superior Court judge won't give Currier extra time to pump breast milk during her doctor's licensing exam--we, the reading public, learn that Currier has started a blog to discuss her situation.

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  • September 19, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    In this week's paper, I ask whether the local press is afraid to report on the Islamic Society of Boston.

  • September 19, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    The New York Times's decision to make all online content free, starting today, is pretty straightforward: basically, the Times thinks it can make more from online advertising than from the subscription revenues generated by the old Times Select system. As Vivian Schiller, the GM of NYTimes.com, told reporter Richard Perez-Pena: "[O]ur projections for growth on that paid subscriber base were low, compared to the growth of online advertising."

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  • September 13, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    A couple months ago, I cited former Boston magazine editor Jon Marcus's arrival at WBUR-FM as proof that Paul LaCamera's tenure at the helm was going swimmingly. Marcus took the managing editor's job on a trial basis, but definitely sounded like he wanted to stay. Here's what I wrote at the time:
    Marcus contrasts the current anxieties of print journalism (diminishing news holes, declining ad revenues, ebbing circulation, and job cuts) with what he sees in public radio in general and at WBUR in particular (passionate, enthusiastic employees, the like of which he hasn’t seen in print lately).

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  • September 13, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    When the Globe put a story on the Great Videotape Scandal (GVS) on top of A1 yesterday, I didn't think much of it. After all, it was a pretty slow news day--and the paper had already adjusted our collective expectations by putting Tom Brady's then-imminent paternity atop A1 back in February.

    Today, though, I shall not be silent.

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  • September 12, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    In this week's paper, I take a look at Peter Kenney, the CapeCodToday.com blogger who's been scooping the Globe and the Cape Cod Times when it comes to the Mashpee Wampanoags--and jeopardizing the future of casino gambling in the process.

    Incidentally, the top item on CapeCodToday.com is a report--from Kenney, natch--that Governor Deval Patrick will endorse slots at the state's race tracks, but defer to the Legislature on casinos.

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  • September 12, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    It seems like just yesterday that Sasha Issenberg, author of The Sushi Economy, was telling Boston magazine readers why the Globe would struggle to cover the 2008 presidential race.

    As I noted at the time, Issenberg's assessment seemed overly pessimistic and--dare I say it?--somewhat ill-informed. Imagine my surprise, then, when I picked up today's Globe and found an A1 article co-authored by Marcella Bombardieri and.

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  • September 11, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    In their reports on Paul Sullivan's untimely death from Stage IV melanoma, both the Globe and the Herald have stated that David Brudnoy--who was a friend of Sullivan's, and who preceded him in WBZ-AM's nighttime-talk slot--died of cancer, too. The Herald did it in passing, stating that Sullivan "took over WBZ's evening show after host David Brudnoy died of cancer."

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  • September 10, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Much has been written about the untimely death of Paul Sullivan, pretty much all of it by people who knew him way, way better than I did.

    Still, one quick anecdote. I appeared on Sullivan's WBZ show precisely once, to talk about Don Imus's ouster from CBS. As we chatted during a commercial break, I happened to mention that my father-in-law was in town from Florida to get cancer treatment at MGH--the same place Sullivan himself was getting care.

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