See no evil

By ADAM REILLY  |  February 27, 2008

That’s how ombudsmen should do their jobs.

RUPERT MURDOCH The Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal is poised to challenge the Times for supremacy in New York and across the US. The McCain story is a nifty little freebie: without actually doing anything, the Journal looks a bit better and the Times looks a bit worse.

THE BOSTON GLOBE The Globe may get less respect than that other major daily owned by the New York Times Company, but right now it’s looking pretty good compared with its bigger corporate sibling. For one thing, the Globe made a smart decision not to print the Times’ February 21 McCain piece; instead, it ran a Washington Post article that dealt with the same general subject but omitted any reference to a possible McCain-Iseman affair. For another, the Globe got to remind the public that it reported on McCain’s questionable relationship with Paxson Communications first, way back in 2000, in a series of stories written by Walter Robinson. (Robinson has since retired; one of these stories was also written by Anne Kornblut, now with the Washington Post.) With the Globe bracing for more newsroom cutbacks, it’s a timely reminder that the paper deserves a strong presence in the capital. We’ll see if the Times Co. heeds it.

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