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  • December 27, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    The above photo is currently fronting the New York Times's web site, where it accompanies a story on Benazir Bhutto's assassination earlier today. But you'll find far more compelling--and disturbing--images over at Wonkette.com.

    As Wonkette's Megan Carpentier notes, media images of atrocities like today's suicide bombing tend, more often than not, to obscure the ugly reality of what actually happened.



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  • December 26, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    --I used to think Mitt Romney was going to get the Republican nomination and win the presidency. Now I think he'll be out of the race come February. Three things changed my mind: this devastating scoop from my colleague David Bernstein; the Romney Camp's embarrasing, halting, postmodern response to said scoop; and this damning editorial from the Concord Monitor.

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  • December 18, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    As the Herald's Jessica Van Sack notes, Mitt Romney has been choking up a lot lately. On Sunday, he did it while discussing the LDS Church's past exclusion of blacks from the priesthood on Meet the Press (see above). And yesterday, according to the AP, the tears came as Romney recalled watching a soldier's body being returned via casket from Iraq.

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  • December 17, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    Last month, I argued that the Writer's Guild of America Strike--and the ensuing dearth of fake-news programming--could have a major impact on the presidential race. (The Globe subsequently did the same.)

    Well, the fake-news vacuum may be about to end. According to the New York Times, both the Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman are poised to resume broadcasting on January 2, sans writers.



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  • December 14, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    Spencer Ackerman of TPM Muckraker is a self-proclaimed Yankees fan. Still, his take on what the Mitchell Report says about Theo Epstein and the Red Sox is worth pondering:
    Acording to Mitchell, Sox general manager Theo Epstein acquired flop reliever Eric Gagne nearly a year after learning of serious circumstantial evidence of Gagne's steroid use.



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  • December 12, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Is today's Globe article on the future Mrs. Kevin Youklis a case study in credulity or a masterpiece of understated snark?

    You be the judge. The headline writer concluded that the story--written by Mark Shanahan--was about how Enza Sambataro will provide a "strong foundation" for Youklis. But the piece was packed with details that suggest otherwise.

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  • December 07, 2007
    By Adam Reilly



    No media stuff in this week's paper; instead, I profile Gene Sharp--the Marx of nonviolent struggle and, perhaps, the most important Bostonian you've never heard of.

  • December 06, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    Earlier today, WRKO announced some tweaks to Finneran's Forum, nee the Finneran Factor. Finneran, the press release said, is getting a "top-shelf lineup of new contributors" as of Dec. 10--including Wendy Murphy (who's been a regular guest), Major Garrett of Fox News, and Globe columnists Kevin Cullen, Jeff Jacoby, and Joan Vennochi.

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  • December 05, 2007
    By Adam Reilly



    I'm through bitching about the Globe bombarding us with front-page stories on the bizarre behavior of the affluent. Mark my words!

    That said, I'd like to make a respectful suggestion. I get that the Globe has plenty of rich suburban readers who'll treat this stuff as news they can use. But another segment of readers will read these articles and draw two conclusions: A) rich people suck and B) the Globe sucks for celebrating their asinine profligacy.




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  • December 04, 2007
    By Adam Reilly
    Perhaps you've got hot plans for tonight. If not, how about attending "Plugged In, Tuned Out: Young People and the News Media," a panel discussion sponsored by MassINC and moderated by yours truly?

    What's that? My presence as moderator isn't doing it for you? Well, perhaps the star-studded panel will: it features includes Dan Kennedy, WBUR's Bianca Vazquez Toness, Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin, and Dante Ramos of the Globe's editorial page

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    That's the rumor making the round in local media circles this afternoon. If true, it's quite a blow for the tabloid. Michele McPhee's tough-talking, boys-in-blue-praising approach isn't for everyone, but she's one of the only Herald writers I specifically pick up the paper to read. What's more, she's kept the paper competitive with the Globe on the cops-and-crime beat despite the Herald's vastly inferior resources.

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  • December 03, 2007
    By Adam Reilly


    If you haven't already read Robert David Sullivan's excellent story from yesterday's Ideas section, please do so immediately. And don't be deceived by the ostensible subject matter. Gay bars are Sullivan's immediate focus, but the article's really about the transformation of cities--including Boston--from hotbeds of human variety to sterile playgrounds for the affluent.

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