A little more than a week ago, I told the Phoenix that I was leaving to take an associate producer job at WGBH’s Greater Boston, where I’ve been a frequent guest panelist. The news has now been announced at the paper, so I wanted to mention it here as well, even though I’ll be writing through March 10. While I’m excited about heading to WGBH and taking part in the big changes unfolding over there, leaving the Phoenix is bittersweet.
Interesting point to ponder in the wake of Martha Coakley's big win in last night's Democratic primary for US Senate: Coakley cruised to victory despite getting no endorsement help from Boston's print media. Remember, the Boston Globe (along with the Worcester T&G, its corporate sibling) endorsed Alan Khazei. And the Herald and the Phoenix went for Mike Capuano.
As the Phoenix’s media writer, I spend a lot of time writing about the struggles of other news outlets--in particular, the woes of the Boston Globe, whose very existence is currently in question. And I’m periodically asked by other journalists: “So, how are things at the Phoenix?” My response tends to be vague, and to reflect my (intentional) lack of knowledge about my employer’s finances: Like every other print publication, I think we’re hurting a bit--but so far we haven’t had any layoffs, knock on wood.
In my latest Phoenix column, I argue (among other things) that it's not fair to accuse the Globe of liberal bias--and cite the Globe breaking and driving the Marian Walsh story as one bit of evidence.
The driving part holds: see this devastating piece on the email trail connected to Walsh's hiring, which I think demonstrates that the Globe is not, in fact, out to aid Democrats or facilitate patronage on Beacon Hill.