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posted at 9:37 am on April 17, 2009 by

Recently, my newspaper’s reporters forced the Boston Globe to acknowledge what it had not told its rank-and-file employees, and what Globe union leaders had neglected to tell their members, that the New York Times had demanded that the unions at its vassal property come up with $20 million in cuts or face closure within a month. I took the high road at the time and just said that I’d be sorry to see this become a one-newspaper town, an approach also followed by my newspaper, with the exception of the delightfully incorrigible columnist Howie Carr.

Since then we’ve been treated a series of self-serving stories in which the Globe approached its readers and pols, and had them whine about what would happen if the Globe failed, who would possibly keep the pols honest, what would people read, blah blah blah. No mention of the fact that there is another metro daily in town. The local NPR affiliate has chimed in with an extended rending of garments and gnashing of teeth about the fate of its beloved lefty broadsheet that I have to think would not be so gratuitously offered the local conservative tabloid in similar straits.

Yesterday, the Globe had yet another self-serving story about its financial woes. This one apparently was designed to make the Globe look less bad. It accomplished this by disparaging other newspapers. This article did include a fair amount about the Boston Herald … 

The rest here. Including regrettable details about the Globe’s raging hypocrisy and as a side note, how it managed to ignore several thousand anti-tax protestors massing under its nose.

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Great article. It is nice to “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.”

thegreatbeast on April 17, 2009 at 12:43 PM