The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Boston Globe in trouble. Right-wing investors licking chops

I'm fairly sick of people lamenting the decline of print newspapers as if it was the end of news itself. So I'll cut right to the most intriguing part of Martin Peretz's blog entry over at TNR, which was prompted by the Wednesday Boston Globe headline "Local Group May Bid for Globe."

. . .the leading figure in the group seeking to buy the flailing paper is quite salient. He is Jack Welch, the CEO of General Electric, a right-wing Catholic who I believe tried to have NBC, a subsidiary of GE, throw the 2000 election to George Bush. Closely associated with the potential owners is Mike Barnicle, a former columnist for the newspaper who had been pushed off the staff as a result of charges that he had fabricated a story. Many locals attribute his absence to the editors' repulsion at his populist right politics.