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