Boston Globe Draws GOP Fire Over Brown/Warren Headlines

Barack Obama often talks about the silly season in politics. Now, welcome to the sensitive season.

From Ben Smith’s media blog on Politico:

Let the Globe grumbles begin

A Republican official sends over two recent headlines from the Boston Globe that, he says, are evidence of an effort by editors at the Globe to support Elizabeth Warren in her Senate race against Scott Brown.

Oct. 25: “Ad targets Senator Scott Brown on pollution.”

Nov. 10: “Karl Rove group attack ad targets Warren’s support of Occupy Wall Street”

“Just like when they ran a poll days before the January 2010 special election claiming Martha Coakley was up 15 points, it seems certain editors at the Boston Globe are still doing what they can for the Democratic cause,” the GOP official said.

(Hmmm – days before the January 2010 special election? Technically, everything is days before a subsequent event. In this case, it was 10 days.)

Jennifer Peter, the Globe’s deputy managing editor for local news, told Politico:

“To read bias into our coverage based on the use of a word — and an accurate word for all this realm of advertising — in a headline, is perplexing, especially without taking into account the totality of our coverage.”

“I think they’re both attack ads. We use the word target in both headlines.”

But attack in only one. I think that’s their point.

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