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  • August 29, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Asks a Media Log reader:
    Don't you think it's odd (and noteworthy) that the NY Times has not written one word on the Abe Foxman mess over the Armenian slaughter? It's about 10 days old and the Times has not seen fit to cover a story that's involved the govt [sic] of Turkey and one of the most prominent Jewish leaders in the US.
    That does seem strange--and it's not just the Times: the Washington Post seems to have ignored the story as well.

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  • August 19, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    From "The Politics of God," Mark Lilla's lead story in today's NY Times Magazine, which posits a sort of Clash of Religions Civilizations separating the West from the Islamic world:
    Though we have our own fundamentalists, we find it incomprehensible that theological ideas still stir up messianic passions, leaving societies in ruin

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  • August 17, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    From today's Globe report on a foot-fetishist currently running amok in Cambridge:
    Yoga instructor Annie Carter, 27, showed the stranger who complained of foot pain a few stretches when he wandered into her studio last Friday afternoon. But after he snatched her sock off, focused his cellphone camera on her toes, and tried to hug and kiss her neck she shoved him out the door.

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  • August 16, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Pretty much everyone who writes a lot develops little tics--patterns you fall into when you're being lazy or just not thinking. Ideally, you realize what your tics are and try to avoid them when possible.

    And if you don't? Well, you end up like Herald columnist Joe Fitzgerald--who, according to Boston magazine's Joe Keohane, has a troubling tendency toward hero worship.

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  • August 14, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Over at Slate, Christopher Hitchens has only nasty things to say about those of us who keep harping on the difference between Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda in Iraq.

    As the title of his piece suggests, Hitchens thinks we're trafficking in "foolish myths." But that term could be applied to his own critique. If I've cut through Hitchens' verbiosity correctly--and I'm not entirely sure I have--this is his gist: if you harp on AQ-AQI distinctions, you are, basically, a defeatist who A) thinks it's generally pointless to fight terrorist organizations and B) doesn't fully recognize just how nasty AQI is.

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  • August 13, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Fascinating journalism scandal brewing at the Orange County Register. Here's the Cliffs Notes version:

    --Last week, Orange County Register front-page editor CP Smith was caught on camera picking his nose while Register reporter John Gittelsohn gave an interview to KOCE, the local PBS affiliate.

    --Kevin Roderick of LA Observed interpreted the nose-pick as a kind of guerilla protest ("running layoffs [are] hacking at morale," he wrote, adding that Smith recently applied for a buyout).



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  • August 09, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
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  • August 08, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Barring some kind of weird falling out between Pat Purcell and National Development, it looks like the Boston Herald is going to ditch its Harrison Ave. digs sometime in the next six years. (Here's the Herald's write-up; here's the Globe's.)

    Obviously, this raises the question: by the time the paper relocates and sundry staffing changes play out, what's the paper going to look like?



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  • August 07, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    First the bad news: the Weekly World News is folding at the end of this month.

    Now the good: this homage by Washington Post writer Peter Carlson is the best send-off imaginable. A sampling:

    The most creative newspaper in American history, the Weekly World News broke the story that Elvis faked his death and was living in Kalamazoo, Mich.






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  • August 06, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    While catching up on my Universal Hub reading, I found an astute Aug. 3 post by blogger Steve Garfield, who notes that Boston's paper of record will print the word "penis" but not the word "dick."

    Now, it just so happens that I was struck by another (albeit less complex) case of Globe prudery this weekend. It came in the Ideas section, in a review of Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish, by Joe Mackall.

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  • August 06, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    This is very odd: Cynthia Tucker, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's editorial-page editor, says the paper shouldn't worry about whether letters it publishes are factually accurate.

    Here's Tucker's explanation, which comes in a piece by public editor Angela Tuck:

    Editorial page editor Cynthia Tucker once believed all letters should be factually accurate, but now she's more likely to let readers have their say and let others decide whether the letter writer is indeed stating facts.




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  • August 02, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    This is where it's at.

  • August 02, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    The Minneapolis bridge collapse was on the front page of today's Globe, Herald, Times, and Boston Metro. It's also the top story on every national-news outlet--which made Boston Now's failure to write anything about the event especially striking. For the record, here's today's Boston Now's cover; it'd be a good front page on most days, but not this one:

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  • August 02, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Yesterday, I argued that there was no hard evidence that Boston's reputation for racism had given new Celtic Kevin Garnett pause about accepting a trade from Minnesota.

    In today's Globe, basketball writer Shira Springer quotes Garnett on the subject of race relations in Boston:

    In the most serious moment of his interview, Garnett answered a question about the "racial climate" of Boston, which has been considered inhospitable to black athletes but now boasts several major black sports figures.




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  • August 01, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Around 8:30 this morning, some guy whose name I didn't catch called up WEEI to bitch about the Celtics' acquisition of Kevin Garnett. One of his big complaints--I'm paraphrasing--was that, during yesterday's press conference, Garnett said he'd warmed to coming to Boston after asking a few other players (Antoine Walker, Gary Payton) about the city's racist reputation.

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