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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Groping for a story

I loved yesterday's Herald story on the new Red Line rush hour cattle cars. It took the MBTA's planned announcement of increased ridership and turned it on its head.

Today -- not so much. Basing an entire story on a quote from an anonymous source? Why isn't the "long-time transit investigator" willing to put his or her thoughts on the record? And if by chance, that source is MBTA Police Chief Paul McMillan, credited a couple of paragraphs later with successfully working "to combat groping on the subway" why not say so?

It's hard to believe the story is the work of two reporters -- good ones at that.

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