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All quiet on the Times Co. front

The Globe crisis leaves New York speechless. Plus, Morrissey Boulevard's problematic political fan club
When I heard this past Friday that the New York Times Company had delivered a radical ultimatum to the Boston Globe 's 13 unions I called Globe spokesman Bob Powers to check it out. He wasn't talking.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  April 09, 2009


Catholic Tilt

James Carroll justifies his faith
If, sometime in the next few decades, humanity kicks the religion habit once and for all, the current crop of atheist agitators will deserve plenty of credit.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  April 02, 2009


First cut

Buyouts shrink the Globe newsroom — but not enough
To state the obvious, this isn't a great time to be out of a job.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  March 25, 2009


He's number three

How seriously should Boston take long-shot mayoral candidate Kevin McCrea?
The conditions seem perfect for  Kevin McCrea's latest YouTube video : warm for February, reasonably sunny, no sonic competition from nearby construction.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  March 19, 2009


How weird is Stephon Marbury?

Brace yourselves for the Starbury show, starring Stephon Marbury — perhaps the strangest pro athlete ever to suit up in a Celtics uniform.
In 1994's The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams , author Darcy Frey offers potent evidence that the matchlessly bizarre Celtic Stephon Marbury dates back at least to early adolescence.  
By: ADAM REILLY  |  March 10, 2009


Red all over

The Globe needs 50 buyout volunteers. So far, few are cooperating — and that likely means bloodshed on Morrissey Boulevard.
If there's one group of professionals whose job insecurity rivals that of the Detroit auto worker, it's the men and women who make America's newspapers.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 26, 2009


Strange bedfellows

Carr plays nice with Randy Price. Plus, the Globe's tough new Kennedy bio defies expectations.
Wait, lemme get this straight: Was that Howie Carr — who's known for accompanying on-air references to homosexuality with a crude audio approximation of gay sex — happily schmoozing with guest Randy Price this past week?  
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 20, 2009


Black like him?

Obama is, apparently, our first African-American president. But is that the identity he touted as a candidate?
Whatever your race — and whatever you think of his résumé, or his politics, or his yen for tax-cheating cabinet nominees — Barack Obama's arrival in the Oval Office is something to celebrate.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 11, 2009


Rescuing the Globe

10 ways to bail out Boston's sinking paper of record. Plus, spinning Bill Kristol's brief time at the Times .
If you work at the Boston Globe , and have any bright ideas on how to stop that paper's downward spiral, management is all ears. At least, that's the party line.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  February 02, 2009


Toxic talk: Hating Obama

Repugnant anti-Obama hate speech has dissipated for the moment. How likely is it to raise its ugly head again?
During and just after the 2008 presidential campaign, the antipathy of right-wing pundits toward Barack Obama reached remarkable, often repugnant depths.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 19, 2009


Speak no evil?

Why tightening up on anti-Obama speech is a bad idea
Anthony Lewis's free-speech credentials are impeccable: among other things, the former New York Times columnist is James Madison Visiting Professor of First Amendment Issues at Columbia University's Journalism School
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 14, 2009


Dailies go Darwin

Reports of newspapers' death are exaggerated — but after the changes coming in 2009, will we still recognize them?
If you're a tree, you're probably feeling pretty good right now.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  January 29, 2009


Fourth-estate follies!

Remembering the year in media malfeasance
Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 24, 2008


Delivering the world

Can a Boston start-up reinvent foreign reporting?
No other newsroom figure boasts quite the same mix of romantic appeal and nobility of purpose as the foreign correspondent.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 18, 2008


Blowing up

No longer the wimpy kid brother to sports-Radio powerhouse WEEI-AM, now has its own seat at Boston sports media’s grown-ups’ table
Everyone’s got the bad-economy blues these days — but the mood among peddlers of the printed word is especially bleak.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 12, 2008


All in the family

Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s New Yorker advertorial. Plus, Chuck turner goes all Chuck Norris.
The December 1 New Yorker featured a five-page story by Henry Louis Gates Jr. on his efforts to use DNA testing to clarify his ancestry.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  December 08, 2008


Fair is foul

What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 17, 2008


Racial healing

Former mayoral opponents Ray Flynn and Mel King discuss how far their city’s come, and how far it hasn’t, since 1983
To be sure, racism still exists. But the distance our culture has come in 50 years — from blacks fighting for basic civil rights to a black man running for the White House — is remarkable.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 10, 2008


Night of the living dead

What if the election doesn’t end on Election Day?
It’s almost over. This is welcome news.
By: ADAM REILLY  |  November 03, 2008


Bull disclosure

As the candidates prep for the final debate, it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become scandals, while others get almost no attention at all?
As the presidential candidates prep for the final debate of 2008 — which will take place on October 15 in Hempstead, New York, with CBS’s Bob Schieffer moderating — it’s a fitting time to ask: why do some journalistic conflicts of interest become semi-scandals, while others get almost no attention at all?  
By: ADAM REILLY  |  October 22, 2008



Where’s the outrage over media mistreatment at the RNC?
Where’s the outrage over media mistreatment at the RNC?
By: ADAM REILLY  |  October 02, 2008

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