With the contract between Boston Globe management and the Guild (which represents about 1100 staffers including newsroom employees) having expired on Dec. 31, labor tensions appear to be heating up at the paper. Here's the first six graphs of a rather pointed Feb. 7 letter written to and aimed at publisher Richard Gilman and signed by most of the members of the Guild's 28-person governing board, according to Guild president Dan Totten:
Media Log is heading out of town for the long weekend. Be back next week.
Not long after the departure of Raphael Lewis to the Inspector General's office, the Boston Globe is losing another young State House staffer. Scott Greenberger, 36, a six-year veteran of the paper is leaving at the end of the month to take a job with the Washington-based political consulting firm, Ricchetti Inc., headed by former Clinton deputy chief of staff Steve Richetti.
Today's New York Times has a front-page piece detailing the prime-time problems besetting NBC's coverage of this year's Winter Olympics from Torino. There are a number of reasons for the lack of eyeballs -- some of them related to your basic jingoism issues. (The US team isn't doing that well; the games aren't on our soil, etc.
The Herald's Jay Fitzgerald has an interesting piece today noting that a number of staffers on the wrong end of a recent losing effort to unionize the Eagle-Tribune operation have been moved to different beats or bureaus -- at least raising the specter of retaliation. (See the "No Union at the Eagle-Trib" Media Log Post on 1/9)
Today is the first day of the rest of Dick Gordon's career. The ex-host of "The Connection" starts his new show today from WUNC-FM in North Carolina. Good luck to a class act.
I received a good amount of feeback after last week's story, "Attack of the 50-foot Oprah," made the case that the multi-media queen of feelgood has amassed too much power for everyone's good. Not surprisingly, several folks suggested that such a story might have been motivated by underlying racism and sexism -- which is unfortunate.
There's chaos in New York's alt-weekly publishing world as the venerable Village Voice begins a transformation under new ownership and the upstart New York Press sees its staff resign en masse over the Mohammed cartoon controversy. Read about "NYC's Alternative Crisis" in the "Don't Quote Me" column in this week's Boston Phoenix.
The latest publication to publish the controversial Mohammed cartoons is not your typical outlet. Spare Change, the local paper for the benefit of the homeless, has gotten into the game. Here is part of its editorial explaining that decision:
Yes, the cartoons were in poor taste. The Danish newspaper probably should not have published them.
Since one of the criticisms voiced in my recent analysis of the Boston Globe ("Globe-al Anxiety," Jan. 13 "Don't Quote Me") was a lack of imagination and serendipity on page 1, it's worth praising today's gossipy and unorthodox front page piece on the nasty email squabble between two lawyers that went public. It might not have been earth shaking, but it was irresistable.
The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz has a collection of commentary about the Dick Cheney/Brit Hume sitdown yesterday. In the interests of "We Report, You Decide," I'll let people make their own judgment about Hume's objectivity and performance.
But isn't it nice that a veep in deep doo-doo can cherry pick a media outlet that he knows is inherently friendly? I mean, if Hume hadn't been available, I wouldn't have been shocked to see Cheney tell his story to Rush Limbaugh.
You really have to wonder if "Silent" Dick Cheney would have ever spoken to any media outlet if the friendly Fox News Channel hadn't been invented.
I'll say this once and move on. For me, listening to MSNBC's Rita Cosby is like chalk screeching against the blackboard.
This New York Observer piece reports that while Boston's Atlantic Monthly is now firmly ensconced in its new Washington headquarters, the search for an editor continues at a leisurely pace. Nobody on board yet, although some of the names tossed about in this piece -- New York Times columnist David Brooks, New Republic editor Peter Beinart, Jon Meacham and Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek -- suggests this is a high-powered search for a high-profile journalist.
The New York Times learns the hard way. Don't mess with Barbie. (Ken, however, may be a different story.)