Be sure to take a look at Dan Kennedy's deconstruction of today's Howie Carr column. As Dan notes, Carr's blue-collar wrath--which may have been appropriate back when when he was a Deerfield Academy student and his father was a Deerfield stockroom worker, but makes less sense now that he's a high-earning pundit living large in Wellesley--leads him to totally mischaracterize the background of Boston Newspaper Guild head Dan Totten, whose humble roots actually resemble Carr's own.
If you haven't already, take a look at the collection of photos from Iran's contested election posted on The Big Picture, Boston.com's outstanding photo blog. Very good stuff.
I recently had the privilege of chatting with NPR's On the Media about the ongoing Boston Globe crisis. If you're going to listen, do it fast, because after today's big union-management confab, the situation could be radically changed.
One comment I made in the segment requires clarification. At the 2:49 mark, I told Bob Garfield that the Times Co.
One possibility: start adhering to work guidelines that are on the books, but that people have tended not to follow.
Or, as Guild head Dan Totten put it in an email to the Guild's members today:
Dear BNG member: A reminder that your work day per our Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Boston Newspaper Guild - Boston Globe (Article IV, sections 1 and 2) states members’ workday should not exceed 7.
Word out of Morrissey Boulevard is that Renee Loth, the Globe's editorial-page editor, told her staff today that she'll be stepping down, apparently to write an op-ed page column.
Her replacement is Peter Canellos, the Globe's Washington bureau chief. I've heard from one source that Canellos (like Loth, a Phoenix alum) will also be taking over the Globe's Ideas section, but haven't yet confirmed that.
Arthur Sulzberger Jr. regrets he's unable to prevent that 23 percent pay cut.
This may be the first time I've ever said this, but...I've been wondering the same thing as Joe Fitzgerald: why did so many Boston Newspaper Guild members skip Monday's high-stakes contract vote?
If any of you no-shows happen to read this, feel free to weigh in. I'd love to hear why you didn't vote, and I know I'm not the only one.
In a blog post last night, I argued that the New York Times Co.'s poor diplomacy was responsible for the Boston Newspaper Guild's decision to narrowly reject its proposed contract. In the process, I discussed how Globe editor Marty Baron was informed of the Times co.'s close-or-die ultimatum, and his subsequent discussion of the Times Co.
So: now that the Boston Newspaper Guild has voted no, the New York Times Co. can just declare an impasse, impose that 23-percent pay cut, and get the requisite $10 million in savings from the Guild, thereby guaranteeing that the Globe stays open. Right?
Maybe not. Earlier today, Angela Cornell, director of the labor law clinic at Cornell University (I know--what are the odds?), told me that the Times Co.
Just received an email sent earlier today by Boston Newspaper Guild head Dan Totten, whose non-rejection rejection of the Times Co.'s recent contract offer was validated by his membership yesterday.
No surprise that the Guild is working to stop imposition of that 23-percent pay cut, or that they're trying to get the Times Co.
Condolences to my close personal friend Dan Kennedy, who lost out to Wired's Clive Thompson in the Best Commentary-Digital category at this year's Mirror Awards.
Of course, it's an honor just to be nominated....
I.e., back in the good old days, when it was a "writer's paper." And writers were given...latitude to ply their craft.
Can someone remind me why this guy is presented as an expert on the Globe's alleged decline under New York Times Co. ownership? After all, it's hard to imagine a more biased source.
BTW, if you think Barnicle's description of the Times Co.
When the media gaggle outside the Boston Globe's Dorchester HQ heard the final tally in today's big union vote--277 nay, 265 yea--everyone began buzzing about how close the outcome was. As one person put it: "Those are George Bush numbers."
When you think about it, it's actually pretty remarkable that the New York Times Co.
With the big Boston Newspaper Guild vote going on today, you'd think Times Co. and Globe management would be on the same pager re: what's going to happen if the union votes "No."
That said, compare and contrast:
"Both [drivers union treasurer Ralph] Giallanella and [Globe spokesman Bob] Powers said yesterday the paper will not close"--Boston Herald, June 8
About a year ago, I argued that New England Cable News should pull Open Book Club--the vanity project featuring Debbie DiMasi, wife of then-MA House speaker Sal--off the air, due to the problematic entaglements the show created between the station, the DiMasis, and the Cashmans (i.e., bigshot developer Jay and his wife Christy).