Now that my friend Dan Kennedy has told his myriad readers that I’d be writing this, I am.
The Boston Globe, Scott Brown (R-Elsewhere) and Fox News are going ’round the Maypole over a story by Joshua Miller that appeared in the stately local broadsheet yesterday.
Scott Brown no longer under contract with Fox News
Former US senator Scott Brown, a frequent presence on Fox News, is no longer under contract with the widely watched cable station, a development sure to fan flames of speculation about his potential US Senate bid in New Hampshire.
“He is currently out of contract with the network,” a Fox News spokeswoman told the Globe late Tuesday night following an inquiry.
Not so, Brown tells the Boston Herald’s Hillary Chabot in today’s edition.
Scott Brown rips Boston Globe over Fox report
Just inked deal, not going
A miffed Scott Brown yesterday shot down reports that he parted ways with Fox News — pointing to his freshly inked deal with the conservative network and tweaking the Boston Globe for failing to double-check its story.
“Globe should have checked with someone who had authority to speak for Fox and/or me. They did not,” wrote the former U.S. senator in a text to the Herald. He did not disclose any details of his Fox pact.
According to Miller, the Globe did try: “Brown did not respond to a voicemail seeking comment late Tuesday.” Yesyesyes – how late is key, but it’s disingenuous for Brown to imply that no attempt was made to get his side.
Then again, in his mulligan today Miller sliced it a bit fine himself:
The Globe, in a report published online Tuesday night and in Wednesday’s paper, said that Brown “is currently out of contract with the network,” based on a statement from a Fox News spokeswoman. When pressed whether this was due to a potential run for office or because his contract was up, the spokeswoman simply repeated that he is “out of contract with the network.”
The report did not say that Brown was leaving the network nor that he had been terminated.
Yeah, but you sure got that impression. And then there’s this: “Brown did not return the Globe’s multiple calls for comment Tuesday and Wednesday.”
Wednesday? The corn was off the cob by then. Wednesday doesn’t count.
Here’s what does count: As long as Brown keeps showing some leg, someone’s gonna be trying to cut them out from under him.