In which I discuss the site's transformation from sports-media afterthought to force to be reckoned with.
From Boston.com's front page: "Teens' nude photos get surprising results."
The results in question? Teens love looking at pictures of each other naked.
OK, I admit it--that headline is misleading. But seriously: reading through the text of Boston City Councilor Sam Yoon's open-government proposal, I kept thinking: Don Saklad must be thrilled!
Or, maybe not. After all, the word "stenographic" is conspicuously absent...
Anyway, the press release from Yoon's office follows.
If you've been reading about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's recent arrest, you've probably heard he's been indicted. Slate says so; ditto the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, and many, many others. (Note: some of these outlets may have backtracked by the time you read this.)
Not quite. This is a criminal complaint, not an indictment.
Today's Herald cover story, by Dave Wedge, makes a convincing case that there are some bad dudes working in the government-subsidizied Massachusetts film industry. But it provides an awfully spotty history of how these bad dudes came to benefit from the Commonwealth's largesse.
First, let's take a look at the Herald's description of the nature and origins of the problem:
A few weeks back, I asked why there are so many ugly instances of Kevin Garnett mixing it up with white players. Among the comments was the following astute observation:
As I read through your list of incidents, what struck me was that
Garnett takes his aggression out - not on white players - but on
players who he's pretty sure won't fight back.
Tonight at 7 on WGBH Channel 2, I'll be chatting with Emily Rooney, Joe Sciacca, Kara Miller, and Callie Crossley about sundry media matters, including citizen journalism in Mumbai and Pat Purcell's new gig.
Please, tune in. Or, if you can't, take a look online.
In which I discuss the conflict of interest in Henry Louis Gates's recent New Yorker piece and praise Chuck Turner's crisis-management skills.
If you thought that the recent decision by Boston Globe drivers to accept a wage cut and fewer holidays meant that Globe management was successfully making the case for austerity to the paper's employees, think again.
Yesterday--in advance of a December 9 meeting on the possible re-opening of the contract of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the paper's largest union--BNG head Dan Totten sent a memo to Globe management that excoriated management's approach to employee relations.
With the film "Frost/Nixon" coming to a theater near you, it's worth taking a look at this BU Today interview with BU journalism professor Bob Zelnick, who had a big role in the original Frost/Nixon standoff. A sampling:
Nixon was a tough adversary. The interviews show how tough a core Nixon
had and how strategic his every move was.
The Boston Herald reports that owner/publisher Pat Purcell has a new gig as executive chairman of the News Corp.-owned Ottaway Newspapers. This is a big job; in the words of the Herald's Frank Quaratiello, Purcell "will be responsible for the eight Ottaway daily newspapers, 15 weekly newspapers, magazines and Internet sites."
I never met Karen Gelzinis, the wife of Herald columnist Peter Gelzinis. But judging from the obituaries in today's Globe and Sunday's Herald, she was a remarkable woman who touched a lot of lives. Here's a representative anecdote from the Globe piece:
[Peter Gelzinis] said his wife's standing sometimes helped his own career.
In an LA Times article that was reprinted in today's Globe, reporter Richard Fausset speculates on the implications of the use of "ain't" by Anh Cao, a Vietnamese-American challenger to Congressman William Jefferson, who's black:
Anh "Joseph" Cao, who hopes to be the first Vietnamese American elected to Congress, was helping a TV interviewer with the pronunciation of his name It's not "cow" but "gow," he explained recently, with a hard G.