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  • May 10, 2006
    By webteam
    Chris Lydon's rather jaundiced view of the Boston Globe -- written in truly page-turning prose in the new issue of CommonWealth magazine -- has already created its fair share buzz and generated today's piece in the Herald.

    But because journalists are often accused of accentuating the negative and seeking out conflict, I thought I'd take a different tack by singling out the Boston writers/reporters named in the piece as being admired by Chris and/or his friends.

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  • May 09, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's some news suggesting, unfortunately, that demagoguery is its own reward. Shoutin' Lou Dobb's CNN numbers are up big time.

  • May 08, 2006
    By webteam
    Amid more bad news industry-wide, the Globe's daily circulation has dipped under 400,000. (See sixth paragraph.) That's a big milestone.

  • May 06, 2006
    By webteam
    Pat Purcell likes to say that his mentor Rupert Murdoch taught him that "You grow or you die." In today's troubled media marketplace, Purcell is now operating on the principle that you need to shrink to survive.

    The news that the Herald Media boss has agreed to sell off his Community Newspaper Co. chain of more than 100 publications -- including four dailies -- to the Illinois-based Liberty Group chain comes as no surprise -- in fact it's a little overdue.

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  • May 05, 2006
    By webteam
    When it comes to its radio home, looks like the Sox are sticking with Entercom. And both the Herald and Globe are reporting that the games will likely move to 'EEI's sister station, WRKO.

  • May 05, 2006
    By webteam
    About a quarter century ago when I was working at a community weekly, a media critic named Dave O'Brian, writing a column called "Don't Quote Me," penned a short item making fun of my editor (who shall go nameless), who had made an embarassing mistake in a political column that he wrote. In classic O'Brian fashion, it was an artful, but painful attack, a quick sticking in of the stiletto.

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  • May 04, 2006
    By webteam
    Here's a theory, pretty sketchy if you ask me, that the Fox News Channel may have influenced enough Floridians to vote for George Bush in 2000 to swing the cliffhanger election his way.

    I say, give me a good pollster and a vivid imagination and I can prove that Saddam Hussein actually did have something to do with 9/11. Oops, a bunch of people already believe that.

  • May 04, 2006
    By webteam
    A sharp-eyed colleague of mine at the Phoenix comes to me regularly with some sort of chuckle-inducing error embedded somewhere in that day's Boston Metro. Today's noteworthy "oops" occurs in the third graph of the lead page 1 story, which is about the investigation into the brutal killing of 19-year-old Milton High School grad Dominique Samuels.

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  • May 04, 2006
    By webteam
    Half of Red Sox Nation may still blame him for almost running Theo Epstein out of town, but hats off to Dan Shaughnessy today for a column a) properly taking the Red Sox to task for their belated decision to cancel Tuesday's Yankee game after soaking (literally) the loyal fans who showed up. and b) fearlessly spanking his own paper for yesterday's shameless page 1 touting of the Red Sox VIP travel packages

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  • May 03, 2006
    By webteam
    Dan Kennedy got there first on his blog, so let me second and third his motion. Today's big, splashy, photo-laden page 1 Globe story hyping (there's no other way to describe it) the Red Sox VIP travel packages is a poster child for the evils of corporate synergy. And the story's disclosure of the New York Times Company's 17 percent interest in the ballclub in the 15th paragraph on the jump page doesn't cut the mustard as a get-out-of-jail-free card.

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  • May 03, 2006
    By webteam
    Amidst all the huffing and puffing over Stephen Colbert's peformance at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, I'm with Rem Reider of the American Journalism Review. It's time to shut down this silly dog and pony show.

    I went to one similar event -- the 2001 Radio-Television Correspondents Association Dinner -- as a guest of CBS.

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  • May 03, 2006
    By webteam
    In his "Media Blitz" column in today's Boston Metro, John Molori really lays into WEEI's Gerry Callahan (read first item) for what he unabashedly calls "utter racism" -- in this case, when it comes to the hot button issue of immigration. Callahan is a talented sportswriter and talkmaster, but he does seem to suffer from Rush Limbaugh wannabee syndrome.

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  • May 03, 2006
    By webteam
    Back in March, the Herald deservedly got credit for besting the Globe when it came to coverage of the brutal Imette St. Guillen murder case. But now it's time to give the Globe its due on what seems certain to be another horrifying, high-profile murder case, with 19-year-old Dominique Samuels as the victim.

    Yesterday, while the tabloid was running a bare-bones story buried on page 5, the Globe had a major page 1 piece correctly identfiying the badly burned victim whose body was found in Franklin Park.

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