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  • December 20, 2005
    By webteam
    Media Log recently flagged this Weekly Standard piece about the recent Islamic Society of Boston libel suit against the Boston Herald, Channel 25, and their sources. While I noted that I was not in a position to judge which party was telling more of the truth, I noted that the Standard piece was "completely tilted to one point of view."

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  • December 20, 2005
    By webteam
    The furor over the New York Times's decision to hold off printing Friday's blockbuster about the administration's use of domestic spying continues to grow as do the theories designed to explain that decision.

    Today's L.A. Times indicates the paper debated whether to publish the story before last November's election (when it could have conceivably had a measurable impact), but finally decided to let it rip when they realized that an upcoming book by its reporter James Risen was going to break the news.

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  • December 16, 2005
    By webteam
    This piece posted on the Weekly Standard web site is about the recent lawsuit filed by the Islamic Society of Boston claiming that the Boston Herald, Channel 25, and their sources conspired to block the construction of a new mosque by falsely linking the ISB to terrorism. The defendants claim the ISB is using the litigation to intimidate folks from asking tough questions about its activities and connections.

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  • December 16, 2005
    By webteam
    Last seen stalking off the CNN set in anger, Bob "Prince of Darkness" Novak won't be returning. Here's what CNN had to say today in a terse email:

    "After 25 years of serving as a CNN commentator and program host, our colleague Bob Novak's tenure on the network will come to a close (effective 12/31).

    Through the years, Bob has offered incisive analysis for much of CNN's programming, including Crossfire, The Capital Gang, Inside Politics, Evans and Novak, The Novak Zone, and Novak, Hunt and Shields.



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  • December 15, 2005
    By webteam
    It's official. John Carroll, the recently departed and much respected former L.A. Times editor, will spend a year at Harvard's Shorenstein Center as the first ever Knight Visiting Lecturer. Here's the release:

    CAMBRIDGE, MA: Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government has been selected to host the first Knight Visiting Lecturer, a position for distinguished journalists who will study, analyze and comment on the future of journalism in America and around the world.

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  • December 15, 2005
    By webteam
    Well, it looks like the Globe is at least toying with its own version of the TimesSelect pay-for-play model, only in this case with sports. This e-mail was sent to an e-panel subscriber who has agreed to test market Globe ideas. Word is that this is simply an embryonic concept being tossed around right now. But it sure is fascinating.

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  • December 15, 2005
    By webteam
    Afer word that the company might be bowing to pressure from anti-gay groups ("Ford Buckles" in 12/6 "Media Log") the company seems to have clarified its position on advertising policy to the satisfaction of gay and lesbian organizations. See statement below:

    In a statement released today, Ford reaffirmed its commitment to its progressive workplace policies, said it would place corporate advertising in LGBT publications on behalf of all of its brands, including Jaguar and Land Rover, and would continue financial support for LGBT organizations and events consistent with its business condition.

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  • December 13, 2005
    By webteam
    Here's the official press release on the management moves at the Globe. Mary Jacobus becomes the Globe's president and GM, and Rick Daniels, who has that title now, becomes president of Boston Globe Media.

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    Dec. 13, 2005--The publisher of The Boston Globe, Richard Gilman, today announced the formation of Boston Globe Media and named two veteran newspaper executives, Richard J.


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  • December 13, 2005
    By webteam
    According to this story in the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, (that was just posed on Poynter), that paper's publisher Mary Jacobus will become president and general manager of The Boston Globe on Jan 9. We're trying to find out what all this means for current president and GM Rick Daniels and the Globe in general. More details when available.
  • December 13, 2005
    By webteam
    This new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists notes that China and Cuba are the biggest offenders among the nations who are currently imprisoning 125 journalists around the globe. According to the CPJ, five of them are in U.S. custody, four in Iraq and one at Quantanamo Bay.
  • December 13, 2005
    By webteam
    Number one, I don't believe this is part of some corporate conspiracy because the Globe's parent, the New York Times Co., is a part-owner of the team. Number two, I'm not trying to take any of the steam out of one simmering hot stove season.

    But why is the perfunctory press conference announcing the completely anticipated appointment of Sox co-GM's Ben Cherington and Jed Hoyer, (even with a hint that Theo Epstein may return) the dominant feature of the front page of a major newspaper with national and international ambitions? And yes, given the above-the-fold play and the large photo, it does dominate the page.

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  • December 13, 2005
    By webteam
    The New Yorker's Ken Auletta has quite the takeout on the questions swirling around Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s stewardship of both the New York Times Co. and its flagship newspaper. It's a terrifically reported piece and one that seems to be trying to make the case that even in his mid-50's, Sulzberger is too unseasoned and undisciplined for the role.

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  • December 12, 2005
    By webteam
    Because we were recently experimenting with some editing functions on Media Blog, a number of posts were accidentally stacked up like planes over Logan Airport waiting an inordinately long time to land. It won't happen again. (Or so I've been assured.) Posts will appear in real time. My bad.
  • December 12, 2005
    By webteam
    On his new blog, Globe ombudsman Richard Chacon has come up with his own list of Globe buyout takers who have given consent to have their names published. He's got 23 out of the 31 departees (including all those I had previously mentioned) and the list follows:


    Bill Boles, library associate
    Maureen Dezell, arts reporter





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  • December 12, 2005
    By webteam
    Just in case you missed the most recent installment of "As the Plamegate turns," here's Time reporter (now on leave of absence) Viveca Novak's account of her suddenly important chats with Karl Rove's attorney Robert Luskin.

    Here's another Time piece on where the Novak piece of the puzzle might fit in the Fitzgerald investigation.

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