Today's Globe includes a letter to the editor from city councilor/mayoral hopeful Sam Yoon, who claims that a recent editorial misrepresented his position on returning to an elected Boston School Committe:
I want to correct the record from the Globe editorial about Boston's School Committee.
...But Gayle and Laura, you're full of shit!
Quoth said Gals in their Herald column today:
Both Dan Kennedy of Media Nation and The Phoenix’s Adam Reilly got worked up this week over 24/7 Wall Street’s inclusion of the B.B. on a list of the 10 newspapers most likely to go belly up in the coming year. (The Globe rang in at No.
When I read today's Globe story on the State House memorial for George Keverian, I was struck by how the paper did and didn't describe Keverian's ancestry--and I'm guessing a few other readers were, too. Keverian, the Globe noted, was "[t]he son of Armenian immigrants who had fled systematic killing in Turkey...."
As you've probably guessed, the missing word was "genocide."
As Dan Kennedy has already noted, Time didn't predict the Globe's demise--and there's reason to question the dire assessment of the actual predictor, Wall Street 24/7's Douglas McIntyre.
Here are a couple more points worth noting about McIntyre's forecast. I emailed him yesterday to ask what methodology he'd used in compiling his list; whether the numbers assigned to various papers actually meant anything (i.
Gawker's Hamilton Nolan raises an interesting point: if financial journalists tend to get inside info from the disgruntled rather than the sycophantic--and if recession-induced layoffs target the former than the latter--it could make covering Wall Street way more difficult.
But couldn't the impact of the recession on sources and the journalists who use them could extend even further?
Over at Blue Mass. Group, blogger/attorney David Kravitz makes a pretty compelling case that Barack Obama's "rein[ing] in" of signing statements (to paraphrase today's front-page Globe headline) isn't much of a change at all.
[T]he memorandum basically preserves the position that if the president believes that a part of a bill is unconstitutional, he can refuse to abide by it, even as he signs it into law.
The gist of today's Kevin Cullen column
is that British critics of Ted Kennedy's recent knighthood are
distorting Kennedy's relationship with the Irish Republican Army.
Cullen makes this argument pretty effectively. But in the process, he also
gripes that some Brits just don't like the Kennedys, period:
in England, like those on these shores, love to bring up
Is the Boston Globe's entrance into Yahoo's Newspaper Consortium a smart attempt, by New England's paper of record, to adapt to the future of news? Or, instead, is this whole Newspaper Consortium thing a sign of Yahoo's desperation as it tries to compete with Google?
Perhaps I'm wrong, but I'm starting to think that the Globe would like Downtown Crossing to be reopened to car traffic.
INSTANT UPDATE: Universal Hub poster Neil Van Dyke has a similar suspicion.
Read today's Globe op-ed on the possible return of the Fairness Doctrine, and you'll find yourself thinking that it's just a matter of time until said doctrine makes a comeback. (In the ominous words of author/BU journalism prof Bob Zelnick: "With nearly impregnable control over both Houses and Barack Obama
in the White House, the Democrats are again girding for battle."
Today's Globe editorial on the developing Boston mayor's race concludes thusly:
The pattern [i.e., the difficulty mayoral challengers have raising money and mounting serious challenges] promotes complacency. Voters should combat it by demanding
that incumbents--in this case, Menino--submit to multiple debates
Take a look at these pictures, and tell me: how would you describe Tom Brady's physiqe?
As someone in their late thirties with a perfectly respectable spare tire, I'd say Brady looks pretty fit. But according to today's "Names" column the Globe, Brady "looks a little soft around the middle, not as beefcake as we expected."
Forget about the Globe versus GateHouse. Now Boston.com sports reporter Chad Finn wants to tussle with sports radio heavyweight WEEI-AM:
We don't change the station, and so the station sees no need to change. Ratings are huge, possibly even as huge as the station claims. Its primary demographic has tremendous appeal to advertisers.
A tipster tells DQM that the Globe has formed a "New Revenue Team"--aimed, as the name suggests--at finding new ways for the paper to make money.
The NRT has 13 members, including managing editor Caleb Solomon and Boston.com bigwig Bob Kempf. Apparently, though, publisher Steve Ainsley wants as many people as possible involved in the new-revenue push: his memo speaks of an "incentive plan that pays out an increasing amount as an idea moves through the successive phases of development."
In which I discuss the WRKO-AM host's unexpected bond with former WHDH-TV anchor Randy Price. Plus, praising the Globe's new Ted Kennedy bio.