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  • March 10, 2006
    By webteam
    A few days ago in this blog, I posted a message from someone suggesting that the Barry Bonds saga proved that sportswriters were asleep at the switch when it came to the scourge of steroids in baseball. ("While the Sports Media Slept").

    Today, in response, Media Log received this post from someone calling him or herself "Sportswriter."

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  • March 10, 2006
    By webteam
    As Internet use spreads around the Globe, American companies are faced with a dilemma. Do business with repressive regimes that can use the 'net as a tool for citizen control or opt out of lucrative markets. For a sense of just how complex and inflamed the issue has become, see "Little Red 'Net" in this week's Phoenix.

    P.S.

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  • March 10, 2006
    By webteam
    One of the things that local cable news outlet NECN does well, but doesn't get that much public attention for its it documentary unit. Here's an eleventh hour invitation to a screening today at the JFK school that has its share of dignitaries on hand. Kind of feels like the 2004 presidential campaign all over again.


    NEWTON, MA.


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  • March 08, 2006
    By webteam

    I'm not going to get on some silly high horse here and decry the drumbeat of local and national coverage of the gruesome murder of Imette St. Guillen. For a number of reasons that are obvious, this is a big story.

    But how about a moratorium on the debate "inspired" by WRKO's John DePetro about whether the victim was "asking for trouble?" John has made the rounds of the O'Reilly Factor, the Abrams Report, and NECN's NewsNight, the last of which I happened to catch last night.

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  • March 08, 2006
    By webteam
    This reader post on Media Log following yesterday's revelations about Barry Bonds is spot on in my book. Where were sports journalists all those years when they were seeing -- up close and personal -- the physical manifestations of steroid use in their daily work? Personally, given the off-field issues these days, I think every major sports department ought to have an investigative journalist on staff.

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  • March 08, 2006
    By webteam

    Okay. I understand and agree with the decision by the Globe to make Big Papi -- and his two big homers -- the lead in today's Gordon Edes story about the Dominican Republic's win over Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. But why does Nick Cafardo's game story on USA's 2-0 win over Mexico feature Mike Timlin -- who pitched the fourth inning for God's sake -- as the centerpiece.

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  • March 07, 2006
    By webteam

    A few weeks ago, a former reporter-researcher named Keelin McDonell posted this piece on the New Republic Web site, a well-crafted and reasonable critique of New York Times public editor Byron "Barney" Calame -- although picking on an ombudsman is pretty elementary target practice.

    Well, anyway, his editors must have liked it.

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  • March 07, 2006
    By webteam

    Yahoo! News's one reporter -- the globetrotting solo act Kevin Sites -- has just been named the winner of the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism. He was profiled recently in the Phoenix. (See "Yahoo!'s one-man news army")

  • March 07, 2006
    By webteam

    Baseball will have an even bigger headache when Sports Illustrated hits the stands this week with this story.

    P.S. -- Before everyone starts posting responses that they are "shocked, shocked, shocked" to learn that Bonds used steroids, what will be riveting, at least according to the excerpt, are the gruesome details.

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  • March 06, 2006
    By webteam

    Here's today's Herald story assuring readers that Rupert Murdoch and Pat Purcell are still friends, not rivals.

  • March 06, 2006
    By webteam

    Everybody knows Hollywood -- despite or maybe because of its cutthroat corporate capitalism -- is a bastion of liberalism (with some exceptions.) And though I only watched a few minutes of last night's Oscar show, Jon Stewart got off a great line when he eyed the audience and declared: "It's exciting for the stars as well. This is the first time many of you have voted for a winner."

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  • March 06, 2006
    By webteam

    Initial reaction to the offer by the Islamic Society of Boston to put litigation on hold in order to go to mediation has ranged from tepid to unimpressed to dismissive. (See Friday Media Log Post "Plainiff in Mosque Libel Lawsuit Suggests Mediation.") Here were some of the reactions from the parties contacted by the AP for its Friday story

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  • March 03, 2006
    By webteam

    There have been some new developments today in the complex and potentially explosive libel litigation filed by the Islamic Society of Boston against the Boston Herald, Channel 25, and a number of activists. (See "Trial and Terror" in the Nov. 24 Phoenix)

    For one thing, the plaintiffs filed court papers responding to the defendants' motions to dismiss.

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  • March 03, 2006
    By webteam

    The blogosphere always has room for one more. Here's the news from CBS4 about -- in the interests ofdisclosure, an ex-colleague and longtime friend -- Jon Keller:

    BOSTON, MA -- March 3, 2006 -- On Monday (March 6), CBS4 News Political Analyst, Jon Keller, will launch his “Keller @ Large Blog” on cbs4boston.com. Jon will update “Keller @ Large Blog” several times every weekday with reports on breaking, political news as well as political analysis and his take on the political scene and upcoming election season.

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  • March 03, 2006
    By webteam

    There's a food-for-thought take on the downside of Jon Stewart's popularity by a young Harvard grad on today's Boston Globe op-ed page.

    I'm sure it says something about me -- probably not too flattering, either -- that instead of watching the Daily Show on Comedy Central, I'm still catching Seinfeld reruns on Channel 25 each night at 11 o'clock.

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