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.
Sarah Palin and Boston city councilor Chuck Turner probably don't agree on much, but they're definitely united in their low regard for the Fourth Estate.
At a press conference this afternoon on City Hall Plaza, Turner--who was recently arrested on a federal bribery charge--seemed angrier at the press than at law enforcement or City Council president Maureen Feeney, who stripped Turner of his committee chairmanships last week and then scheduled a meeting today at which Turner's fate on the council was going to be decided.
Boston.com is currently hyping an interview with recently arrested Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner on its front page. This is an exceedingly smart move, since the Q-and-A (conducted by former city councilor Tom Keane for a piece in next Sunday's Globe Magazine) has Turner arguing--passionately and at great length--that politics and ethics don't go together:
Bad, bad day for the Boston Globe's parent company. From the New York Times's own write-up:
The New York Times Company sharply reduced its dividend on Thursday, just a year and a half after a major increase, as the company seeks to conserve cash amid concern about dwindling profit.Directors cut the quarterly dividend to 6 cents from 23 cents, which would save the company $97.
It's hard to imagine a more service-y Globe story on the Red Sox than today's front-page piece, which describes the Sox's decision to freeze ticket prices. Consider:
Wall Street is panicking, businesses are collapsing, home
foreclosures have swept the land. As the government looks at bailing
out banks and the nation's behemoth auto industry, one of New England's
venerable institutions, the Red Sox, is trying to do its part to ease
the pain of a troubled economy.
Forty-two positions total, in the circulation/marketing and advertising departments, including senior managers.
That's just one of the developments reported in an internal memo from Globe publisher Steve Ainsley today. Also of note: Boston.com now reports to the Globe rather than to New York Times Digital. This is less dramatic than it sounds, however, since certain parts of Boston.
According to the Boston Globe, the paper's redesign in general--and the debut of "g" in particular--is all about serving readers better. For example, here's how the paper pitched "g" in today's explanation to readers:
Our new magazine-style section will be called “g” — for Globe — and it
reflects what you, our readers, have been telling us about how you
prefer to receive your reviews, previews, profiles and arts, culture
and features coverage.
My initial thoughts:
--"g" actually looks good, notwithstanding some uninspired cover art. There's plenty of editorial heft inside, and the "Parting Shot" feature on the penultimate page has tons of potential. Also, let's hope the graphic accompanying Alex Beam's column is his and his alone; it's very apt.
--The revamped pics for the metro columnists? Not so hot, at least judging from Adrian Walker's.
The New York Times Co. didn't have such a hot third quarter, period--but the company seems especially down on the New England Media Group, which includes the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. From Bloomberg:
The publisher plans to write down the value of its New
England newspapers, including the Boston Globe, by as much as
In my recent column on media conflicts-of-interest and their disclosure, I credited the Boston Globe for finally realizing that the connection between its corporate parent, the NY Times Co., and the Boston Red Sox should always be noted.
But judging from today's Sox advertorial--which opens with the dubious claim, "When the Red Sox are up, it doesn't matter that the Dow is down"--I spoke too soon.
Yes, today's lead Wall Street Journal editorial has bad things to say about both John McCain and Barack Obama's responses to the ongoing economic meltdown. But it also praises Obama's desire to hold Friday's presidential debate as scheduled:
Mr. Obama was right on the merits, and politically shrewd, to respond to Mr.
There may have been other cases in which the Globe editorialized online hours after a given story broke, but I can't think of any.
In any case: the paper's editorial page has already weighed in on John McCain's proposal to cancel Friday's debate and grind the presidential campaign to a halt. An excerpt:
McCain's desire to seize the initiative is understandable, for the
meltdown on an ill-regulated Wall Street is the harshest indictment
possible of Republican stewardship of the economy.
It's easy, when grappling with questions like how mortage-backed securities actually work, to lose sight of the fact that Wall Street's current crisis has moral as well as financial implications.
So thank you, Joan Vennochi, for your column in today's Globe, which admirably captures that point. An excerpt:
The country's conservative moralists shake their finger at
low-income home buyers who dared to make a grab for a humble piece of
the American dream.
Yesterday, in a nice recap of the debate between John Kerry and Ed O'Reilly, the Globe's Matt Viser wrote:
In his reelection campaign in 2004 [sic]*, Mayor Thomas M. Menino assiduously
avoided debating his opponent, Maura A. Hennigan, although he agreed to
face her in an hourlong lunch hosted by the Globe at the Locke-Ober