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.
In which I identify thirty examples of especially egregious fourth-estate misconduct.
Please, take a look--and then let me know what you think I've omitted!
...Is for Herald columnist Joe Fitzgerald to read the fascinating history of Christmas in Boston that appeared in the Globe's "Ideas" section yesterday--and to it in mind the next time he trots out Irinia Koltoniuc for his standard-issue "Christmas is doomed" column.
Earlier this year, Globe senior VP for employee relations and operations Greg Thornton and Boston Newspaper Guild head Dan Totten squared off in contentious contract negotiations. (Here they are doing just that.) The next time Globe management and Globe labor do battle, though, neither man will be in the mix. Totten was recently expelled from his own union after a trial found him guilty of assorted financial violations--and yesterday, Thornton announced his retirement after 22 years at the paper.
Hey, did you hear the one about the Taunton special-needs student who was sent home and sent to a shrink after drawing a picture of Christ on the cross? Verily, the war on Christianity proceeds apace!
Unless it doesn't. Because the Globe's account--titled "Taunton schools rebut report on child's Jesus drawing"--is quite different from the aforementioned Herald story:
This was news to me, I confess, but apparently Brian McGrory set a time limit when he signed on as the Globe's metro editor in May 2007. He wanted to be able to return to full-time columnist duty after two years. And as of January, he'll be doing exactly that.
That's unfortunate for Globe readers. Throughout McGrory's editing tenure, but especially in the last year or so, I've been struck at the Globe's knack for ferreting out idiosyncratic local stories that read well whether you're a recent transplant to Boston or someone who's lived here for decades, and that provide a sense of how greater Boston feels at this particular moment in time.
Universal Hub has it wrong: Herald columnist Joe Fitzgerald doesn't write about Irina Koltoniuc--the Jew who loves Christmas and hates secularism--every year. It only seems that way. In fact, he wrote about her today; and on December 4, 2006; and on December 14, 2005; and on January 3, 2005.
In itself, this isn't all that surprising.
At the end of his latest dispatch from the political trail--which includes a surprisingly sensitive exchange with troubled state senator Anthony Galluccio--Globe columnist Alex Beam reveals that he'll be back in "g" as of next week.
Readers of this blog will know that I had harsh words for Beam's recent column on Martha Coakley's, um, hotness
Judging from his victory speech last night, Scott Brown is going to make the I word--independence--a major selling point as he runs against Martha Coakley for Ted Kennedy's old US Senate seat. From the Globe:
Though the primary campaigns were
largely cordial, the tenor is likely to change during the general
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.