Say what you will about Glenn Beck's faith-based paranoid millenarianism--if you're pissing off World Net Daily, you're doing something right.
And btw, Beck is absolutely right (!?!): Birther zaniness devalues other, more legit critiques of the Obama Administration, and imperils potential GOP pickups in the midterm elections and beyond.
In a piece that'll be out later this week, I cite the coming public-radio battle between WBUR-FM and WGBH-FM as one of the big media stories of 2010--and state that, at least during off-peak hours (i.e., when the programming on the two stations isn't duplicative), the decision to take 89.7 FM to a news-focused format (while moving classical programming to 99.
About that ominous meeting at Morrissey Boulevard I mentioned earlier today? Turns out that, as a commenter suggested, it wasn't that ominous after all.
Before posting earlier today, I'd tried and failed to get comment from a Globe spokesman--but I hadn't contacted Globe editor Marty Baron. Fortunately, Baron weighed in with the following update/correction:
I'm told that the Boston Globe's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters is currently adorned with signs calling all employees to a 10:30 AM meeting in the William O. Taylor room. It's not clear right now what the purpose of the meeting is--but given the state of the newspaper industry and the New York Times Co.'s push last year to eliminate lifetime-job guarantees at the Globe, one has to wonder if a program of buyouts and/or layoffs is about to be announced.
Hey, remember when National Review's Jay Nordlinger suggested that "Tea Party" adherents make "teabagger" their version of the n-word?
Well, teabagging bigwig Dale Robertson is still working with the old one, thanks very much--or at least he was last February:
As a fan of good religion-focused journalism, I'm deeply dismayed that the Globe's Michael Paulson is leaving his post as that paper's religion writer. Paulson was living proof that religion doesn't need to be a boring beat; instead, if approached with imagination and style, it can yield no end of great stories. (Take a look at Paulson's blog, Articles of Faith, and you'll get a sense of the richness and variety of his approach.
When the Globe profiled would-be US Senator Scott Brown last month, I asked whether the attendant description of Brown as "basically in favor" of abortion rights was correct. I also made multiple attempts to get an answer from the Brown campain, to no avail.
Now the Globe has followed up with a story that explores the abortion positions of Brown and his Democratic rival, Martha Coakley.