Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Mobster and the Tipster

By Chris Daly 

More reasons to enjoy life in one of the last remaining two-newspaper cities in America. The Globe and the Herald continue to bash each other (as they should), sometimes at the risk of sounding silly.

A brief re-cap: The Globe began this round with a major piece on Sunday about mobster Whitey Bulger. The Herald, acting in reflexive opposition to its bitter rival and perhaps in a bit of pique about not having done that story themselves, let fly on Monday with what looked like a news story in which the FBI expressed its shock (shock, shock, shock!) over the Globe’s decision to divulge the identity of the tipster who led the FBI to Bulger. Since then, it has been back and forth all week with each newspaper using news articles, columns, and editorials to dump on the other.

Here are today’s updates from the Globe and the Herald. As a public service, I am also providing a link to the FBI statement that both papers are bickering over. It is a head-spinning experience to read all three documents in quick succession.

FWIW, here’s my take: The FBI is trying to tell each paper what it thinks they want to hear. Each paper is interpreting the same material in a way that conforms to its own gloss on the story. And on it goes.

In this case, it is not hard to imagine each paper working up just as much outrage over the opposite set of facts. Once a newspaper war breaks out, there are no neutrals. The winner (if any) will be the one that gets more readers out of it.

 

 

 

 

 

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More on Red Sox

By Chris Daly 

Whatever you may think of Keith Olbermann as a cable-TV political journalist, the fact is that his background as a sportswriter supplied him with the ability to critically dissect a sports story. That is just what he has done in his blog about baseball, commenting on a major take-out in the Boston Globe that ran on Wednesday on page 1. The Globe story, by Bob Hohler, found plenty of  causes of death in his post-mortem on the 2011 season.

If you are wondering about the sourcing for the Globe story, I think Olbermann is on the right track by raising the question: Who benefits?

Keith and Terry in better times, 2007. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers)

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Not to be missed

An intelligent discussion of sources (in baseball) brought to us by the good folks at Grantland.

 

 

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Jobs and Immigrants

In reading today’s NYTimes story/obit about Steve Jobs, I could not help noticing that his biological father was identified as a graduate student from Syria. Luckily, at the time, the U.S. did not treat foreigners as presumptive terrorists. Today, I think it is more likely than not that a graduate student from another country — especially perhaps Syria — would find it nearly impossible to remain in the U.S.
In that case, America loses.

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