The Great Boston MediaWatch Dogfight features a fresh face this week.
Start, as usual, with the Boston Herald’s Underdog Press Party.
The Wayne’s World webcast has a new host, as Friday’s edition of the Herald trumpeted (and the hardreading staff at Two-Daily Town also noted earlier).
The media review also has one fewer panelist.
But the webcast is no less itself (and finally on YouTube).
Its topics this week:
The panel compared the press coverage of President Obama’s visit to Faneuil Hall to Mitt Romney’s event in 2006, when he signed the healthcare act in Massachusetts.
Of course, Obama’s visit wasn’t the biggest thing happening in Boston. The Red Sox became World Series Champions and we talk about who broadcast them and why ESPN might have a new rival.
The owner of the Red Sox became the official owner of the Boston Globe. John Henry wrote a 2,800 word Op-Ed in the Globe, but it was what he didn’t say that stood out.
Crosstown at WGBH’s Big Dog Beat the Press, the topics were Debating the Influence of Media Endorsements, Suzanne Somers’ Nutty Obamacare Rant, and – intersection! – Boston Globe Owner John Henry’s Letter to Readers.
So let’s go there.
Press Party take:
So, to recap:
John Henry’s op-ed was (BTP) “rather daunting” or (PP) “a virtual novel.” And he (BTP) “didn’t intentionally not address the potential conflict of interest [with his Red Sox ownership]” or (PP) “[failed to] promise readers the Globe won’t become the house PR organ of the Red Sox.”
Discuss among yourselves.
So what if the Globe becomes the PR arm of the Red Sox?
It’s damaged goods already, and it’s John Henry’s property to do with what he will.
What gives the BTP people the right to direct traffic?
(This is part of the reason I no longer watch Emily and the rest of the nodding heads.)
Wow. No way out, eh, Mudge?