As the hardreading staff unfolded its Boston Sunday Globe yesterday, we encountered this notice at the bottom of Page One.
We also encountered this 68-page magazine nestled inside the paper.
Must be an advertising supplement for Boston Children’s Hospital, we thought, given its relentlessly sunny-side-up Table of Contents.
But, actually, the magazine was produced by Boston Globe staffers.
It’s one puff piece after another, interspersed with dozens of costly congratulatory ads.
But no mention in those 68 pages of the hospital’s wanton destruction of the beloved Prouty Garden, or the battle over the hospital’s questionable expansion to service a projected – but by no means assured – international clientele.
(To be clear graf goes here)
To be clear, this isn’t the first time the Globe has played footsie with BCH. As we previously noted:
Boston Globe $hilling Again for Children’s Hospital
This is getting really flagrant.
Last week it was an op-ed piece from former Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation president Michael Widmer urging state officials to get off their duffs and approve the expansion, already. Problem was, the Globe failed to mention that Widmer sits on the hospital’s Board Committee for Community Service.
On Sunday, this Globe editorial urged the state’s Public Health Council to approve the project.
Now today comes this op-ed by Jack Connors Jr., chairman emeritus of Partners HealthCare.
Not to mention the Globe’s accepting full-page ads from Children’s as it supported the hospital’s expansion on its Business pages and providing op-ed space for BCH president and CEO Sandra Fenwick to plead her case unopposed by dissenting points of view, of which there have been many.
(To be fair graf goes here)
To be fair, newspapers routinely produce vehicles largely designed to draw advertisers. This one just seems a little, well, germy.