Channel 5 has announced today the creation of a nine-member investigative unit. (Although Emily Rooney had that news on last week's "Beat the Press" show on Channel 2.)
There's no way you can't be heartened by the idea of more long-form, investigative journalism on local TV. There are some quality reporters on this team, so hopefully, it's safe to assume there will be a minimum of "sweeps" driven stories on lethal underwear and fast food that causes impotence.
One thing I'll say as an acknowledged Yankee fan. If George Steinbrenner's front office operation had turned in an off-season like John Henry's boys have, whole forests would have been sacrificed to deliver an unending torrent of ridicule about the anarchic, unruly, squabbling, disorganized, laughable "Bronx Zoo."
More action today in Judge Ernest Murphy's libel case against the Herald as Judge Charles Johnson denied a Herald motion to vacate last year's $2.1 million jury verdict in favor of Murphy in the wake of some intemperate letters the judge sent Herald publisher Pat Purcell seeking payment in the case. (The Herald characterized the letters as threatening and bullying while Murphy's legal team characterized them as part of ongoing confidential negotiations.
Two of the nation's top TV writers (that's print journalists who cover TV) are declaring today that CBS's new news boss Sean McManus seems awfully sure of landing Katie Couric as his new nightly news anchor. They are the Philadelphia Inquirer's Gail Shister and Bill Carter of the New York Times.
You could certainly understand Couric's motivation.
This passage from DefenseTech.org, makes a crucial point about Western reporters relying on local stringers in Iraq.
The abduction of 28-year-old Christian Science Monitor reporter Jill Carroll in Baghdad on Jan. 7 has had a profound effect on the city's Western press corps. More so than ever, unembedded media in Baghdad are fortified in a handful of besieged hotels that are under constant surveillance by insurgent groups.
Ever since Dr. Laura made a mint hectoring her poor, misguided callers, I've been skeptical of talk radio advice shows. But I am intrigued by the news that WRKO is about to introduce what the station says will be a groundbreaking show on substance abuse and recovery that will include recovering alcoholic Peter Simon (brother of Carly) and abuse counselor Woody Geissman, who once played drums for the Del Fuegos.
Given the fact that the "fire Ron Borges" emails were still trickling in to at the end of the long MLK weekend, I figure it's time for my final -- and this will be the final one, I promise --comment on the petition drive on Boston Sports Media Watch to create a powerful grassroots uprising against the Globe sports writer.
In some ways, this episode is being framed as a classic new media vs.
I'd guess the number of anti-Borges emails reaching me are around the century mark now. Here's a recent sample and one I liked because it's honest in its declaration that what really pisses peple off about Borges is the perception that he's anti Patriots.
While the anti-Borges emails just keep on comin', I just got one from a Borges supporter. I am posting it, but omitting his name in the interests of humanity and safety.
To all concerned: Today's unwarranted internet attack on one of the Globe's finest writers is equal parts juvenile and based on jealousy. I urge you to ignore it.
This posting should in no way be construed as an endorsement of the sentiment but Boston Sports Media Watch has posted a manifesto calling for the firing of Globe sports writer Ron Borges, who has infuriated many local sports fans with his Patriots coverage. (That, in and of itself, is no sin.)
Leaving nothing to chance, the manifesto includes a form email and an email list of interested parties to send it to.
In today's Boston Phoenix story on the Boston Globe, I mentioned the New York Times Co.'s "staggering stock price." Here, posted today on the Poynter Web site, is a considerably more detailed look at the company's Wall Street woes.
After an unnerving round of buyouts mandated by an out-of-town owner at a time of gloom and decline in the newspaper business, the Boston Globe may be at a crucial crossroads. Read about a nervous institution facing an uncertain future in "Globe-al Anxiety" in this week's Boston Phoenix.
Channel 5 (WCVB-TV) announced today that the likeable Anthony Everett has officially been name co-anchor of the nightly newsmagazine "Chronicle," taking over the old comfortable shoe Peter Mehegan role.
Lawyer, civil libertarian, and Boston Phoenix contributor Harvey Silverglate goes head-to-head with the bloviating bully of the airwaves, Bill O'Reilly, tonight on the Fox News Channel. Harvey will be discussing his piece in this week's paper, "The Gray Lady in Shadow," about the administration's domestic spying activities unearthed by the New York Times.