Our Mistake: Boston Globe Ran News Brief on BPL

August 3, 2018

Our eyes are obviously getting worse. Contrary to our last post, the Boston Globe did run an item about the Boston Public Library suspensions of three administrators under mysterious circumstances, smack in the middle of yesterday’s Metro Minute page.

 

 

In our defense, we had to go to the epaper to find it in the search engine – the website search engine produce endless pages of links to any article with “Boston” in it.

Our apologies all around.

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Boston Globe Overdue on BPL Suspension Story

August 3, 2018

Yesterday it was front-page news in the Boston Herald.

 

 

The scoop from Herald reporter Sean Philip Cotter.

Library talk hushed

Authorities mum on ‘personnel matter’

The Boston Police Department is “reviewing” a “personnel matter” at the Boston Public Library — while City Hall and the BPL remain tight-lipped about why three administrators have been placed on unpaid leave.

BPL spokeswoman Lisa Pollack confirmed that the library had referred “a matter” to the police, but refused to elaborate.

“As this issue remains pending, we can not comment any further,” Pollack told the Herald.

 

Columnist Joe Battenfeld also checked in, urging Boston Mayor Marty Walsh to “intervene to get to the bottom of the mini-scandal before it gets out of control or buried by BPL management.”

Today the firsty local tabloid ran this editorial.

Boston Public Library should be open book

More than ever it is crucial that government institutions show complete transparency in their day-to-day operations.

That is why it is concerning that the Boston Public Library has placed three managers on unpaid administrative leave and no one is saying why. There is an internal investigation underway. Additionally, the BPL has referred “a matter” to the police but library spokeswoman Lisa Pollack refused to elaborate.

 

Also not weighing in: The Boston Globe.

We get it that no news organization wants to play caboose to another. But c’mon, Globeniks – time to circulate some BPL news of your own.


Boston Herald’s Inside Track ‘Throne’ for a Loop

February 22, 2018

Well, this is not encouraging.

In today’s Boston Herald, Inside Track gal Olivia Vanni dishes about author Andrew Morton’s appearance at the Boston Public Library last night to flog his new book about Wallis Simpson, Wallis in Love.

In the course of the evening, Morton’s attention turned to the subject of his next book: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry’s fiancée.

As it appeared in the print edition:

Really? “Gave up the thrown”? Twice?

Earlier today it was the same in the online version.

“Edward gave up the thrown. Meghan’s given up ‘The Tig,’ ” said Morton, who spoke at the Boston Public Library about his newly released book, “Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy” last night.

“In this modern age, that’s quite the sacrifice,” he jokingly added. “The king giving up the thrown was a mere bauble compared to her voluntarily giving up her Instagram account.”

 

But now it’s been fixed.

“Edward gave up the throne. Meghan’s given up ‘The Tig,’ ” said Morton, who spoke at the Boston Public Library about his newly released book, “Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy” last night.

“In this modern age, that’s quite the sacrifice,” he jokingly added. “The king giving up the throne was a mere bauble compared to her voluntarily giving up her Instagram account.”

 

(To be sure graf goes here)

To be sure, it’s just one little mistake, so why make a federal case out of it, right?

It does make one wonder, though: Can the shaky local tabloid really afford to lose 25% of its already skeletal staff, as new owner Digital First Media plans to do?

Feels like not.


The Yin and Yang of the Globe and Herald (Billy Bulger Edition)

August 16, 2014

From our One Town, Two Different Worlds desk

It all started in the Boston Globe two weeks ago with this report.

Trying to put a tribute to William Bulger in the books

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South Boston’s Branch Library would be renamed for the neighborhood’s legendary politician, William M. Bulger, under a proposal by City Council President Bill Linehan.

“Bill Bulger’s advocacy and commitment to the Boston Public Library system is unquestionable,” Linehan said in a statement Tuesday. “His commitment to service, to the people of South Boston, Boston, and the Commonwealth are well documented and heralded.”

 

Uh-huh. Like this Boston Herald column from two days later?

 

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Regardless, all’s been quiet on the Bulger front until this editorial popped up in yesterday’s Globe.

Linehan stirs up resentments with proposal to honor Bulger

THERE AREN’T clear standards for naming a Boston public building after a former political leader. But there should be obvious billbulger_senateprezreasons why not to make such a designation: To rehabilitate a tarnished reputation; to reward supporters of a deeply divisive figure; to score political points by sticking up for a neighborhood bigwig. All these bad reasons seem to be underlying the proposal by City Council President Bill Linehan to name the South Boston library for his neighbor William M. Bulger, the former Senate president and University of Massachusetts president. It’s a mischievous proposal designed to stir up old loyalties and resentments, and the City Council should reject it out of hand.

 

And etc.

As night follows day, the Globe’s sonorous editorial turned into the Herald’s screaming front page.

 

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Today’s story in the feisty local tabloid gives you everything you want: drama, conflict, blood feuds, political waffling, Bulgerite weaseling – you name it.

All in a two-dailies work.