I don't expect Rush Limbaugh to acknowledge that George Bush had his own "temple" back in 2004 when he's chortling over the "temple" Barack Obama used last night. But if actual journalists are going to report this particular GOP talking point--which, of course, is just a variation on the old Obama-as-narcissist theme--they really ought to note that fact.
In his column in today's Globe, Kevin Cullen makes the very reasonable point that not all Boston firefighters are bad eggs. But he also says this: "Blaming most firefighters for the state of the department is like blaming American soldiers for the mess in Iraq."
Really? Because from what I've been reading in the Globe, it seems like the BFD brass are trying to whip the "bad systems" Cullen mentions into shape, while the firefighters' union--led by Ed Kelly--is fighting to preserve the status quo. Which doesn't seem to parallel Iraq at all.
24.5 percent. That's how much advertising revenue at the New York Times Company's New England Media Group--which includes the Boston Globe--dropped from July '07 to July '08.
Yeah, it's a tough time for the industry in general. (The NY Times's own ad revenue dropped more than 15 percent for the same period, for example.
Yo, Kevin--As a Globe metro columnist, you've got one of the best jobs in Boston journalism. But you're supposed to write about Boston, not yourself. The next time someone points out that you made a factual error, just acknowledge it in a straightforward way. Don't waste 670 words explaining why it wasn't a big deal. (And yes, I'm lumping your proletarian UMass riff in with your screw-my-critics riff.)
I'm talking about the print edition, FYI. Right now, I'm paying a special discounted rate of $15.52 per month--which came with a $10 Dunkin' Donuts gift card! But once that expires, the Globe's new price increase will put my monthly rate at a whopping $37 per month.
I've always preferred reading an actual newspaper to the online version, but the intensity of that preference has ebbed over the past few years.
Amalie Benjamin is taking over for Gordon Edes as the paper's Red Sox beat writer. Also, Tony Massarotti is jumping from the Herald for a new online-focused job. Plus, Boston.com gets a new sports reporter!
Here's the memo* sports editor Joe Sullivan sent this afternoon:
We have some very exciting changes to announce in the sports department.
I didn't read this Globe op-ed on "linguistic paranoia" until yesterday evening. But when I did, my sympathy for the author's goal was pretty much negated by her deeply questionable reasoning.
Nataly Kelly--"a senior analyst with Common Sense Advisory, a market research firm specializing in business globalization"--thinks Americans should learn more languages.
In which I argue that Kevin Cullen shouldn't second-guess his decision to write about Rakan Hassan.
Granted, my look at coverage of Jim Marzilli and mental illness in general is no longer "hot off the presses." But it was fairly recently! So please: take a look if you haven't already.
A couple staffing changes worth noting over at Morrissey Boulevard: First, the paper has hired Jenifer McKim to take over the residential real-estate beat previously covered by Binyamin Appelbaum. McKim is currently a Nieman Fellow at Harvard; she previously worked at the Orange County Register, where she led an investigation into lead-tainted Mexican candy that was up for a Pulitzer in 2005.
In a post yesterday, I implied that the Boston Globe was the first to report the Herald's big upcoming wave of layoffs. In fact, the Boston Business Journal got there first--last Friday, to be precise. My apologies.
That, according to two Globe employees, was one big question raised at the Monday "town meeting" at the paper's Morrissey Boulevard headquarters.
When a possible sale of the Globe by the NYT Co. came up, one employee says, Arthur Sulzberger replied: "As you can imagine, we can't get into that whole thing.... We can't go down that road.