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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Killer sushi -- and more alleged news

Boston "big shot" threatens state troopers. We'll have more on 7News after this. Or not.

Bad sushi. Stayed tuned to WBZ-TV for more. On Thursday.

While we love to complain about the Globe and the Herald, Boston television news is always there for us as a foundation on which to base things. Such as when the overblown meets the overrated.

Randi Goldklank, Channel 7's general manager, is on administrative leave this morning after a rather messy scene at Logan Airport involving state troopers, allegations of drugs, alcohol and sexual misconduct.

Just the kind of story Channel 7 loves -- with its overhyped headlines and dramatic musical chords.

Except it seems the folks at 7News ain't talking.

The Globe and the Herald have the details on the expletive-laden encounter that started on an airplane and carried over into the terminal, where Goldklank allegedly broke a pair of prescription glasses in a trooper's pocket. (I don't know about you, but when it comes to this kind of story, the Herald can't be beat -- or their sources doubted.)

While the "tiny lady" spoke briefly to the Herald's Jessica Heslam, the suits at 7 clammed up and didn't return phone calls.

Just imagine if the person on the court end of this type of allegation worked at another Boston television station or a newspaper. Or better yet, was a politician. Hank Phillippi Ryan or Victoria Block would have been camped out outside their door night and day, ready to shove a microphone in their face as they and their cameraperson chased the perp down the street.

Goldklank's attorney told the Globe he didn't want to comment, saying he didn't want to try the case in the press. Wish we could say that for the other folks who have been treated to the full court press from Channel 7 -- and its sister stations in town.

Meanwhile over at Channel 4, an alert colleague pointed me in the direction of a promo that has been running all week about a report looking at the quality of sushi served in Boston. (I can't find anything on their web site).

He rightly asks the question -- if this stuff is so bad for you, don't you have a journalistic responsibility to put the word out now, before people get sick and/or die?

As the late Jack Cole said, in buying his ticket out of the old Channel 7, "we'll be back with more alleged news in a moment..."

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Stav said...

okay, now I get something. maybe it's vengeance that has made this story so prominent on boston.com for so long.

April 23, 2008 4:15 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Maybe, but I suspect that would be more of a motive if Channel 7 actually covered the story.

There's little question that story is juicy -- media type accused of throwing around her weight in an effort to avoid legal problems. That certainly would make anyone who has ever been on the receiving end of a tough story a little gleeful. Payback and all that.

It's undoubtedly getting a lot of clicks, which is why it hung around for so long.

April 24, 2008 5:41 AM  

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