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Monday, November 27, 2006

Herald death rattle?

The word that Ken Chandler is stepping down as the Boston Herald's editorial director for a "media consultancy" in New York can't be good news for the folks at Wingo Square.

No disrespect to Kevin Convey, who is taking over the reins of the struggling tabloid. In fact, Convey may be somewhat disposed to reverse Chandler's decision to take the paper sharply downscale several years ago. The move was thought necessary at the time to revive sagging circulation numbers. It didn't work.

You couldn't help but notice a little glee in the Globe's website story. After all, the Herald has pumped every sneeze in the Globe's own travails into a case of raging pneumonia. Yet all the while you knew the Herald was covering its own backside.

There's no denying the massive bleeding. Kimberly Atkins departure from the Statehouse, along with layoffs of Beth Teitell, Dana Bisbee and Terry Byrne, is a big loss for just one month. Chandler's departure will shake many of the remaining staffers to the core.

And the Herald's insistence on ignoring stories where the Globe has beaten it can make for some pretty foolish situations -- most recently the sorry failure to even mention the foiled hack attack by Herald alum Eric Fehrnstrom.

Don't take any of this to mean Boston would be better without the Herald. For all its infuriating hypocrisy and the vicious prattle of Howe Carr, the Herald keeps the Globe honest. And no community is better with only one newspaper voice -- no matter how 20th Century that may seem.

Good luck Kevin. You're going to need it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Globe should be smarter than to gloat over this. Its own circulation has plummeted, following its editorial standards.

November 28, 2006 6:40 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

I think the story in today's paper was missing the edge from the online story last night. Yes, it would be a mistake for the Globe to gloat as it become a shorter and shorter daily read. But at the same time, it's only human nature to allow a little moment of joy at the expense of someone who has been tormenting you while ignoring their own problems.

November 28, 2006 7:21 PM  

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