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  • February 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    A memo from Globe publisher Steve Ainsley was posted at Romenesko earlier this afternoon. As DQM reported yesterday, the NY Times Co. will be cutting 80 jobs at the New England Media Group, with 60 of these coming at the Globe. 45 of these will be union jobs; no word on how many of them will come from the newsroom.

    After Ainsley's memo was sent via email, editor Marty Baron sent out his own email detailing his plans to meet with employees over the next few days.

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  • February 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    In which I argue A) that the paper's fight for a videotape that could explain the murder of Revere police officer Daniel Talbot is just, and B) that Suffolk DA Dan Conley will likely win the battle.

    Also: who benefited from the NY Times's wannabe-John McCain-sexpose?

  • February 28, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    DQM hears from several sources that the latest round of Boston Globe buyouts will likely be announced tomorrow. Here are the numbers, based on multiple conversations and with the caveat that nothing's official yet:

    --80 jobs total will be cut at the New England Media Group, which includes the Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette;



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  • February 27, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    The National Review founder was 82. Here's the AP's obituary, here's the Times's, and here's the National Review's.

    Conservatives will remember Buckley as one of the prime movers behind the conservatism that dominated American politics for the last half-century. As a liberal, I wish Buckley's movement hadn't been quite so successful.

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  • February 26, 2008
    By Adam Reilly



    From today's Globe:

    "Because of a reporting error, the obituary Sunday of author Robert L. 'Robin' Moore, who wrote 'The Green Berets' and 'The French Connection,' misspelled the first name of writer Ernest Hemingway."

    I'd put that one on the editor, myself.

  • February 26, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    Hey, where did that photo of Barack Obama looking all Somali come from?

    Matt Drudge, who helpfully disseminated the photo in question, cited "stressed Clinton staffers." Obama campaign manager David Plouffe blamed Hillary Clinton's campaign. Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams didn't deny Plouffe's charge; instead, she issued a statement claiming that the Obama camp's ire evinced A) anti-Somali bias and B) a desire to avoid serious issues and sew discord.

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  • February 25, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    ...With Jim Braude, that is. At 8 pm tonight on NECN, I'll be discussing a whole mess of stuff with Braude and Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard, including Obama-mailing-gate, Somali-dress-gate, and Times-on-McCain-gate. Not otherwise occupied? Tune in!

  • February 25, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    "Deval Patrick said today he is also ruling out serving as Barack Obama's running mate should Obama win the Democratic nomination."

    That's from a new AP story in which Patrick says he wouldn't leave the governorship to join an Obama cabinet.

    The second point is interesting. The first is utterly absurd.

    Still no word on whether Patrick would play for the Red Sox if offered a contract.

  • February 25, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    A couple weeks ago, I argued that the press should pipe down about fears for Barack Obama's safety unless there was something new and significant to report.

    So much for that. Instead, coverage of said fears actually seems to have increased. The AP wrote about black voters' worries. The Star-Telegram reported, in a piece that got prominent play on the Drudge Report, that the Secret Service had ordered Dallas police to stop screening for weapons an hour before Obama's recent appearance at Reunion Arena.

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  • February 22, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Since I routinely gripe about things the Boston Globe is or isn't doing, I also try to acknowledge the paper's finer moments when appropriate.

    Now is one such time. The biggest political story at the start of the week was the resemblance between Barack Obama's rhetoric and Deval Patrick's. The biggest political story at the end of the week was John McCain's relationships with lobbyist Vicki Iseman and Paxson Communications, one of her clients--and, of course, the New York Times's controversial examination of those relationships.

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  • February 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Not surprisingly, the Republican National Committee has seized on the McCain Story Flap as A) proof of the media's liberal bias and B) a handy fundraising tool.

    The full text of RNC chairman Mike Duncan's email (titled "Shameless Liberal Media") follows. But before you read, ask yourself: does Duncan's argument square with this? Or this? Or this?



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  • February 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly

    This is very interesting: the Boston Globe--which, as you may have heard, is owned by the New York Times Company--took a pass on running today's controversial Times piece on John McCain. Instead, the Globe printed a similar story that ran in the Washington Post.


    NOTE: I'd originally written that the Globe not only A) chose the Post's story over the Times's, but B) edited out the Post's own reference to an alleged romantic liaison between McCain and lobbyist Vicki Iseman (see below).

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  • February 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    Many smart things have already been written about that weird John McCain story the New York Times posted yesterday--see Romenesko for a rundown--but the key point, to my mind, is the one raised by Sam Stein of the Huffington Post. Namely: if the Times had run this story before McCain locked up the GOP nomination, how might the race have changed?

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  • February 21, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    You can find it here.

    Also: looming cutbacks at the Globe.

  • February 19, 2008
    By Adam Reilly
    What's really remarkable about the ongoing Barack Obama "plagiarism" scandal is this: Obama's campaign had ample reason to think his channeling of Deval Patrick would be an issue--and they kept doing it anyway.

    Let's recap. The New York Times Magazine discussed the rhetorical resemblance between Obama and Patrick in April 2007.

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