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The New York Times Co.'s baffling Globe strategy
The Times Co. actually seems intent on not getting to yes with Guild members
It's no mystery why the New York Times Co. threatened, two months ago, to shutter the Boston Globe unless the paper's unions provided $20 million in concessions.
| June 10, 2009
When a person in the center of a media maelstrom has had a sex change, is it fair game for the press?
Aiden Quinn used to be a woman. Now he's a man. It's a titillating detail — but is it news?
| May 20, 2009
Deal or no deal?
Will the Globe 's biggest union balk at the Times Co.'s offer? Plus, the Christian Science Monitor 's quietly successful re-launch, and sportswriter Bill Simmons's GM jones
When the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Boston Globe 's largest union, decided to take the New York Times Company's latest contract offer to its members last week, ratification seemed like a done deal.
| May 15, 2009
Die another day
The clock starts now on a potential Globe sale
Now that the New York Times Company and representatives of the Boston Newspaper Guild, the Boston Globe 's biggest union, have agreed to a deal that will keep the paper alive (more on that in a bit), the great unanswered question becomes: what, exactly, does the Times Co. plan to do now ?
| May 07, 2009
Will the Globe survive?
Sizing up the paper's future as it approaches the deadline from hell
What would Boston's media landscape look like without the Boston Globe ?
| April 30, 2009
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.
| April 09, 2009
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.
| April 02, 2009
Buyouts shrink the Globe newsroom — but not enough
To state the obvious, this isn't a great time to be out of a job.
| 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.
| March 19, 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.
| February 26, 2009
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?
| 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.
| 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.
| 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.
| 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
| 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.
| January 29, 2009
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.
| 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.
| December 18, 2008
No longer the wimpy kid brother to sports-Radio powerhouse WEEI-AM, WEEI.com 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.
| 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.
| December 08, 2008
Fair is foul
What's the fuss over the Fairness Doctrine really about?
These are scary times for far-right conservatives.
| November 17, 2008
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See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
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| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
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