The Globe's Alex Beam executes a nice hit on Niche Media boss Jason Binn today. It's hard to root for Boston Common magazine.
Like eveyone who saw the incredible film "The Killing Fields" I will forever have a reservoir of respect for Sam Waterston...I mean Syndney Schanberg, who is currently writing the Village Voice's famous "Press Clips" column.
But Schanberg's new column critical of New York Times public editor Byron "Barney" Calame -- who wrote a Jan.
Is there any doubt that this story will make Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby's annual "hate from the left" column? Who else but a lefty would throw "tofu cream pies?"
It's hard to believe. But right there on page A24, in the National Report in today's New York Times, is none other than a story on, get this...the Oscars of porn.
The Great Gray Lady herself not only has a good-sized piece on the AVN Awards , it is accompanied by two good-sized photos (one emphasizing cleavage), and the story dominates that page of America's paper of record, literally crowding out a piece about an important legal challenge by a Yemeni detainee in Guantanamo Bay.
From the postings on the anti-union blog and the pro-union blog, it appears that the organizing effort at the Eagle-Tribune operation has fallen short.
In a kind of perverse way, you've got to admire the Globe's Ron Borges. In case you missed it, here was an item from his Sunday "Football Notes" column regarding the Pats-Dolphins regular-season ending contest:
Regardless of what you thought about Bill Belichick's bush league decision to let Doug Flutie dropkick an extra point in the meaningless (yes, we can say that after the way Belichick approached the game) season finale, the whispers that Belichick might have discussed the possibility with Dolphins coach Nick Saban before the game seem ludicrous.
Sharp-eyed observers may have noticed an interesting juxtaposition on the Boston Globe's op-ed page today. There right next to a column by Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation president Michael Widmer arguing against the payroll tax for employers who don't provide health insurance is an ad by Massachusetts Businesses for Real Healthcare Reform arguing against that payroll tax.
Over the years, I've enjoyed listening to the distinctive, articulate, and classy Keith Jackson do his "Whoa Nellie" thing during college football games as much as anyone. But, after hearing him on last night's Rose Bowl telecast (What a game!), I think that Jackson should -- and probably will -- have the good sense to pack up the pipes and go home.
Assuming Mitt Romney launches his widely expected bid for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, will he need the Massachusetts media to help craft his political bio or will he do just fine on his own? In this week's Boston Phoenix, "Romney's First Draft" examines whether our governor can circumvent the aggressive local press corps on his way to Washington.
The media mea culpas are already rolling in after the tragic set of circumstances that led news organizations to trumpet -- however briefly -- the bogus news that there had been a miraculously happy ending to the coal mining accident in West Virginia.
Here's a typical and reasonable response from a newspaper editor picked up in today's post-mortem in USA Today.
The Globe now reliably informs Media Blog that it managed to publish at least 145,000 papers with the corrected account of what happened in that mine in West Virginia.
Addendum -- From editor Marty Baron, here's the latest Globe tally on today's front page miner story. (I had gotten headline #2 delivered to my house this morning.
When last seen, former Globe national editor Ken Cooper -- whose operation had been dismantled in the recent re-organization and cutbacks -- had left the paper after unsuccessfully attempting to get the op-ed column being vacated by Tom Oliphant, who took the buyout. Today, Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institute of Politics announced that Cooper will become a resident fellow there for the spring semester.
I remember the first time it became crystal clear to me that newspapers would eventually be getting out of the breaking news business. It was at the outset of the 1991 Gulf War when America was bleary-eyed from watching Saddam's scud launches on CNN into the wee hours of the morning. By the time the morning paper landed on the doorstep, it was several crucial hours behind what you knew when you had gone to bed.