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  • October 31, 2005
    By webteam
    If you want a first peek at fired "60 Minutes II" producer Mary Mapes's version of what happened after last September's ill-fated report on George Bush's service record, here's an excerpt of her upcoming book in Vanity Fair that was posted on the Poynter site.

    Two of the more memorable passages: "I must answer the bloggers, the babblers and blabbers, and the true believers who have called me everything from a 'feminazi' to an 'elitist' liberal to an 'idiot.

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  • October 31, 2005
    By webteam
    Boston magazine created quite a stir earlier this year when its list of 100 most powerful local people included just one person of color. But there's obviously a difference between being powerful and being fabulous. Because the current November issue lists "the fabulous 40" -- which is defined as "a celebration of Bostonians who possess a combination of panache, self-confidence, exuberance, career success, fashion sense, and singular looks."

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  • October 31, 2005
    By webteam
    Alex Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy confirms that former Los Angeles Times editor John Carroll (scroll down for bio) -- who left that paper amid reports of philosophical disagreements with the Tribune Co. -- will be landing in Cambridge soon.

    According to Jones, the highly respected Carroll has been invited to spend a semester as a Shorenstein fellow starting in January.

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  • October 31, 2005
    By webteam
    This post on Media Log by AmusedbutInformedBystander about sports talker Eddie Andelman's impact said it much better than I did. So if you missed it...
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    Eddie's influence runs beyond just sports talk, it influenced all sports coverage.

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  • October 28, 2005
    By webteam
    This Globe story today makes one wonder if Eddie Andelman is finished on Boston radio. If that's the case, we'll take a look at his remarkable career another time.

    Yes, Eddie had lost six inches off his fastball in recent years. But he was a godfather of sports talk in this town -- a funny, innovative, creative, ingenious radio talker who infused sports with an infectious humor and enthusiasm.

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  • October 28, 2005
    By webteam
    Because of previous commitments, I was unfortunately unable to catch prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald's long awaited moment on the public stage today. In case you want it, here's a transcript of his remarks courtesy of the New York Times.

    And not that it means much, but here's one pretty positive review of his performance.

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  • October 27, 2005
    By webteam
    An interesting sidebar to the snagged negotiations over a new contract for Red Sox GM Theo Epstein is the growing debate over the coverage in the Boston dailies. The Herald's Tony Massarotti is accusing the Globe of carrying water for team president Larry Lucchino and citing its parent company's ownership stake in the ballclub as part of the evidence.

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  • October 27, 2005
    By webteam
    A sharp-eyed, clear-minded media observer (and it ain't me) noticed this interesting juxtaposition of events. Outgoing CBS News President Andrew Heyward will be succeeded by Sean McManus on Nov. 7. Guess what's happening on Nov. 8? It's the release of Truth And Duty, the book written by Mary Mapes, the producer of the ill-fated Sept.

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  • October 26, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's another take on the 2,000 dead media milestone from the conservative press watchdog group Media Research Center.

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    Morbid Networks Tout Iraq War's "Milestone"

    Aligning themselves with Cindy Sheehan, network news shows touted the 2,000th death of an American serviceman in Iraq on Tuesday.






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  • October 26, 2005
    By webteam
    The media are always attracted to milestones, so the grim one from Iraq made a number of front pages today.

    It looks like the New York Times is offering one of the fuller accountings of the U.S. war dead.
  • October 26, 2005
    By webteam
    Well, the rumor that CBS chairman Les Moonves was going to replace CBS News President Andrew Heyward with the head of MTV Entertainment is now officially wrong.
    The Tiffany Network today announced that CBS Sports President Sean McManus is taking the job. Release below:

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  • October 26, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's a real shocker. Judy Miller is reportedly discussing the possibility of a severance package with the Times.
  • October 24, 2005
    By webteam
    We quizzed a handful of experts and some Village Voice alum about their reaction to today's news of the merger between the Voice's parent company and New Times Media (See previous post.) Their verdict wasn't very positive.

    Kit Rachlis, former executive editor of the Voice, former editor of L.A. Weekly, and now editor-in-chief of Los Angeles magazine: "This is not a good thing for the alternative press.

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  • October 24, 2005
    By webteam
    The worst kept secret in the alternative newspaper world is officially out. As widely anticipated -- and in some quarters feared -- Village Voice and New Times media announced the creation of the biggest alt newspaper chain today. Here's the recent Phoenix story on the merger. And the press release is below. More details and reaction to come.

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  • October 24, 2005
    By webteam
    Read New York Times public editor Barney Calame on the Judy Miller mess. Here's his "nut graph."

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    The Times must now face up to three major concerns raised by the leak investigation: First, the tendency by top editors to move cautiously to correct problems about prewar coverage.


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