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One of the big liberal knocks on George W. Bush has always been that, as president, he was essentially Dick Cheney's puppet.
But according to this fascinating piece in today's Washington Post, Bush's obedience to Cheney may have been greatly overstated--especially in his second term, and much to Cheney's regret:
My contention: R. Murdoch's pay-to-read push is really about burnishing his reputation.
In that same piece, I also examine new Boston editor Andrew Putz's plans for that publication. Please take a look.
The Globe's Robert Gavin writes that "about two months" have elapsed between the Globe's report that Goldman Sachs is soliciting bids for the Globe and the Times Co.'s acknowledgment--after some inexplicable obfuscation--that the paper is, in fact, for sale.
But Gavin is being a bit harsh here.
At a meeting between Globe management and the Globe's union leadership earlier today, publisher Steve Ainsley offered a reassuringly optimistic take on the state and direction of the paper. (He also declined comment on a possible Globe sale, citing the Times Co.'s wishes, which comes as no surprise.) An email from the Boston Newspaper Guild's executive committee that synopsizes the meeting follows:
Could the Globe, rather than the Times, have rewritten Red Sox history by revealing David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez's past PED use? Given Sunday's Globe's Spotlight scoop, I argue, the answer is yes.
Today in the Herald, Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa suggest that the Globe's decision to allow its sportswriters to appear on WEEI-AM has something to do with Tony Massarotti's imminent departure for the new WBZ-FM--which, you'll recall, was created by the same process that killed off WBCN.
Here's what's unclear, at least to me: if the Globe wants to keep Massarotti from jumping ship--or other sportswriters from following suit--why would this be an appropriate response? The Herald makes it sound like he'd give up his Globe gig entirely to work for WBZ--and he could do that regardless of whether the 'EEI ban was rescinded or not.
The Globe's ban on sportswriters appearing on WEEI-AM is no more. Here's the 'EEI email sent this morning:
WEEI announced today that the station and The Boston Globe have agreed that Globe sports writers will appear as guests on all WEEI talk shows, effective immediately.“I think this is a great win for WEEI and the Globe,” said VP of Programming Jason Wolfe.
Catherine Mathis, the Times Co.'s senior VP for corporate communications, is leaving her post for a similar job at Standard & Poors.
It'll be interesting to see if--in the wake of Mathis's departure--the Times Co.'s perplexing communications M.O. changes at all. I dealt with Mathis a fair number of times over the past few months, and found her to be refreshingly responsive, despite the fact that I frequently hammered her employer's conduct vis a vis Boston and the Globe.
This week's New Yorker includes a profile, written by Kelefa Sanneh, of right-wing-radio star Michael Savage. It's a great read--but is it too easy on its subject?
Generally speaking, Sanneh seems to have a sort of bemused affection for Savage, who he casts as a heterodox conservative with an endearing melancholic streak and a penchant for highly entertaining, free-associative riffs.