The Globe's reflected glory

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.

In both cases, the Globe beat everybody else to the punch. Globe reporter Scott Helman wrote a weirdly prescient piece focused on similarities between Obama and Patrick in April. And former Globe reporter and editor Walter Robinson explored McCain's ties to Paxson in detail--here, here and here--way back in 2000. (The latter story was written with Anne Kornblut, now of the Washington Post.)

Impressive stuff. And, taken in tandem, another strong argument for the Globe maintaining its national ambitions.

P.S.--This chat, in which Robinson discusses his coverage and the Times's, is a pretty interesting read.

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