Two more things to consider. Newspapers everywhere are in a heap of trouble these days, for a number of reasons: the continued migration from paid print to free online content, diminished ad revenues thanks to Craigslist, the ongoing recession. (Read up on what's been happening in Seattle, or Denver, or Tucson, or Detroit.) If disgusted Globe readers were really quitting due to ideology, they'd presumably be migrating to the Herald, what with its conservative op-ed section and angry-populist approach to news. Back in the fall of 2004, though, the Herald had a daily circulation of roughly 241,000 and a Sunday circulation of about 153,000. Four years later, those numbers dipped to approximately 167,500 and 101,000, respectively. Blaming the Globe's woes on its alleged liberal slant is just wishful thinking on the part of conservatives desperate for some sort of victory.

To read the "Don't Quote Me" blog, go to thePhoenix.com/medialog. Adam Reilly can be reached at areilly@phx.com.

Editor's Note: In a previous version of this article, the Boston Globe was creditedwith breaking the story of State Senator Marian Walsh's controversial hiring at the Massachusetts Health and Education Facilities Authority. Walsh's hiring was first reported by State House News Service.A correction has been made above.

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