Our ‘Beat the Press Party’ Bakeoff (John Henry/Justin Bieber Edition)

The dreaded Thursday Curse reappeared in this week’s Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight after the Boston Globe made an announcement about its new management:

JOHN HENRY ASSUMES ROLE OF BOSTON GLOBE PUBLISHER; MIKE SHEEHAN APPOINTED GLOBE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Boston (Jan. 30, 2014) – John Henry Jr., owner of The Boston Globe, will assume the additional title of publisher and Mike Sheehan, the former Hill Holliday chief executive who has been consulting at the Globe, will become Chief Executive Officer, it was announced today. Sheehan will oversee all day-to-day business operations at the Globe while Henry concentrates on strategy.

Those madcap wags at Two-Daily Town had this to say about the Henryfication of the Globe:

So, to recap:

The Globe’s owner is the paper’s publisher and an adman is its CEO.

Not good news for Globe readers.

Not good at all.

The Boston Herald’s Press Partyniks, meanwhile, had this to say about Henry’s self-hire.

(SPOILER ALERT: THEY DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE THE WAYNE’S WORLD WEBCAST STREAMS ON THURSDAY.)

 

 

Instead . . .

On Press Party this week we talk about the State of the State and the State of the Union speeches, a former journalist who will never be a lawyer and the media’s obsession with Justin Bieber.

But no John Henry. Do we see a pattern emerging here, guys?

[To be sure graf comes here]

To be sure, crosstown at WGBH’s Beat the Press, Henry was relegated to the Rants ‘n’ Raves caboose.

 

 

[To be fair graf comes here]

To be fair, the Beatniks were as big Beliebers as the Partyniks. (Full disclosure: We failed to watch this segment.)

 

 

[To be clear graf comes here]

To be clear, this may be One Town, Two Different Places, but when it comes to self-indulgent punks, Boston is Bieber Strong.

 

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4 Responses to Our ‘Beat the Press Party’ Bakeoff (John Henry/Justin Bieber Edition)

  1. bob gardner says:

    I thought the BTP people seemed unduly sanguine about John Henry’s latest move, as well as about him as owner in general. A lot of the reassurances seem to be based on his good character, which is something none of the commenters is in a position to know about.

    • Campaign Outsider says:

      Yeah, Bob – I thought they were a bit cavalier about it, but then I’m suspicious of everyone, including myself.

  2. Bill Schweber says:

    Seems to me there’s a lot of sycophantic gushing going on lately at BTP, along with “let’s not beat the press, let’s ‘explain it’ to you all out there”, all followed by way too much punditry and predictions –rather than hard facts and solid critiquing. It’s gone from hardball to softball to nerfball an awful lot, lately. But hey, maybe it’s just me thinking this way?

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