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  • January 31, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    At least one DQM reader is bummed out about the disappearance of the Globe's Consumer Beat column, which shut down when Bruce Mohl decamped to edit CommonWealth:

    Voices of consumer advocacy are rapidly declining in the Bay State. With the occasional exception of some of Jay Fitzgerald's business pieces at the Herald, there's very little coverage at the major dailies of the ins and outs of how issues like auto insurance deregulation, health insurance reform, the secondary ticket market, et.


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  • January 31, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    In this week's paper, I profile Eric Fehrnstrom--former Boston journalist, traveling press secretary to The Candidate (nee The Governor), and YouTube star.

  • January 30, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Back in 2000, Maureen Dowd offered this emasculating description of Al Gore: "Al Gore is so feminized and diversified and ecologically correct, he's practically lactating."

    Flash forward eight years. Today, drawing a contrast with Hillary Clinton, Dowd gives Barack Obama a similar treatment:

    Obama is the more emotionally delicate candidate, and the one who has the more feminine consensus management style, and the not-blinded-by-testosterone ability to object to a phony war.

    Keep an eye on this.

  • January 30, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Herald gossip columnists Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa routinely take potshots at the Globe, a/k/a the "Boring Broadsheet." But thanks to the restraint of Carol Beggy and Mark Shanahan, their Globe counterparts, it's been a pretty one-sided pissing match.

    Until now!

    Yesterday, Fee and Raposa gave the Globe shit for marketing a book on the Patriots' perfect season before said perfection was attained.



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  • January 29, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Yesterday, Herald editor Kevin Convey said he objected to Joe Keohane's characterization of the Herald as a "crime and grime" paper. "We aren't simply a crime and grime tabloid," Convey told me. "We haven't been since I took over."

    Today's Herald cover doesn't disprove Convey's statement, exactly. But it sure shows where Keohane's description comes from:


  • January 29, 2008
    By Adam Reilly



    The Globe's Frank Phillips reports that Tom Finneran is now a lobbyist.

    Of course, the ex-MA. House speaker is also a radio personality--one who's already distinguished himself with his abject timidity. As Phillips notes, Finneran's new gig probably won't help. "It was not clear last night how Finneran intends to remain an effective commentator on state politics and policy while also representing clients before state officials," he writes.




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  • January 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Yesterday, I gave Doug Most a hard time for welcoming a little bit of SoHo to JP.

    Today, the Boston Globe Magazine editor was kind enough to email me a substantial response. Here it is:

    You're right. Boston isn't New York, and, as someone who swapped the Upper West Side for Back Bay (before JP), that is a good thing. And you're right.




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  • January 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    So says Joe Keohane, in a very entertaining homage/fauxbituary published in February's Boston magazine:

    It's not just a fading lust for mayhem that's putting the hurt on our tab. Demographic shifts and the decline of the working class in Boston--traditionally the Herald's bread and butter--have taken a bite as well.

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  • January 27, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Dear Doug:

    We've met. You're a good guy. But your editor's note in today's Boston Globe Magazine--introducing the Best of the New 2008 feature--filled me with rage.

    Here's an excerpt:

    A few months ago, I visited this new store in Jamaica Plain, and it felt as if I had stepped into a boutique in SoHo. The men's hats were far too cool for me, but I found a great black hat-scarf combo and a pair of silver earrings for my wife.






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  • January 25, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    There's so much to say about today's Herald cover story--but much of it has already been addressed by the paper's online readers.

    So I'll just make one point. When you start an article with this lede--

    New England Patriots fans are smarter, classier and healthier and own pricier homes than the riff-raff who root for the New York Giants - and now we’ve got the research to back it up.




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  • January 24, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    According to Metro Boston, the Globe is in for some truly nasty attrition--"hundreds of layoffs" is the phrase that caught my eye--as well as a per-copy price hike from 50 to 75 cents.

    But is it true? Here's the response that a Globe spokesman provided to DQM:

    Metro Boston’s front page story today claiming that the Boston Globe is planning "hundreds of layoffs" is factually incorrect.




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  • January 24, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Hey, what's with BostonNow launching home delivery in a few select neighborhoods (e.g., Southie and Charlestown)? Is the free commuter daily going all Examiner on us?

    Not so, says BostonNow honcho Russel Pergament. Instead, he tells DQM, "We're trying to develop alternate delivery systems for markets that don't have sustantial mass-transit systems.

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  • January 22, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    WBUR has itself a new managing editor: it's Mark Degon, who'll be leaving his news director post at WRNI to take the job.

    Depending on who you believe, Jon Marcus, Degon's predecessor, exited because A) he couldn't make the transition from print to radio or B) he lost an internal turf war. If the brunt of the truth lies with A), Degon should fare better: he's been running the show at WRNI for a decade, and was the senior news producer at WBUR, WRNI's parent station, before that.

  • January 18, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Hardball host Chris Matthews has been taking some heat recently for some truly dubious characterizations of Hillary Clinton.

    Tonight, Matthews issued what strikes me as a remarkable apology. Read it in its entirety--and as you do, bear in mind the standard I'm-sorry-if-anyone -was-offended shtick used by most public figures:



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  • January 17, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Interesting correction in today's Globe (scroll down):


    Because the subject of an interview provided misleading information, a man quoted in a Page One story Tuesday about employees who telecommuted during Monday's snowstorm was incorrectly identified as Heywood James, 41, of Needham, and an employee of Fidelity Investments.

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