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Boston Globe Officially Goes to All Advertising
08 Jan 2001
After years of posing as a mainstream corporate newspaper the Boston Globe has finally changed over to all corporate and political advertising. Some of the ads may continue to appear in traditional news format.
After years of posing as a mainstream corporate newspaper the Boston Globe has finally changed over to all corporate and political advertising. Some of the ads may continue to appear in traditional news format. The Globe wasted no time today incorporating corporate advertising into "news" format when the Boston RedSox John Harrington was allowed a full "editorial". This comes on the heels of a long running policy of the Globe to not print certain details regarding the Sox ballpark plan.

A few months back an editorial by Neil DeMause, one of the most informed experts on ballpark financing etc., was rejected by the editor because it stated the total cost of the project at $312 million. The Globe had actually failed to state the cost of the project (prefering to show $212m city + $100m state money)and didn't want an editorial exposing this inconsistency. Later the globe refused other editorials opposing the sox stadium deal and also failed to report on details of the July 31st financing bill. When the globe did report on the bill it came weeks after the bill passed and was written as breaking news: "This just in - we've gotten around to reading some of this bill and it may have some problems." Luckily, the new Globe policy will eliminate the need for any more complications regarding printing facts or both sides of a story. Now the Globe can simply print the story of corporate interest in their own words.

It is not clear whether todays editorial was paid for by the Red Sox or if the Globe will be using these type of pseudo "news" ads as a free bonus for it's loyal advertisers. Either way a new breed of "news"paper has arrived and it's only 50 cents.
See also:
http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/008/oped/Staying_the_course_on_new_parkP.shtml
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Somewhat misguided assessment
08 Jan 2001
I read the globe every day and I believe that this assessment is innacurate. The Red Sox and John Harrington are not a corporate interest, they are a trust. Although Harrington will benefit financially if a new stadium is built and the team is sold, it is the city who will reap the greatest benefit. People constantly overlook the stipulations of the Yawkey trust, which state that all money from the sale of the team will be placed into a charitable trust to benefit numerous community charities in the city of Boston. If the city and state do provide funding for the ballpark they will be repaid in full by the new owners and a parking garage plan. In addition, the citizens of Boston will reap the benefits of a higher sale price in the form of a trust near a billion dollars to be distibuted to charities. While there are problems with the site of the ballpark, the Boston city councils main problem with the proposal is that they, along with other state and city politicians, will not be able to take credit for the good that the trusts charitable contributions does. I am strongly against any form of corporate subsidy, yet the Red Sox situation is truly unique. If you are going to bash the globe complain about the editorials they print from the Cato Institute, which distort facts and put forth ultra-conservative economic rationale. This is the real problem with the paper. In addition they printed an editorial by two unknown right wing lawyer in regards to Clinton's regulatory deluge that was unacceptable. If they are going to print this stuff they should provide a counterpoint from a group on the complete opposite orientation, such as the communist party U.S.A.
In Response to Brendan Ryan
09 Jan 2001
I'll respect your opinion that a new park is a good thing but I must say that I believe almost every sentence in your response to be wrong or misleading.
Recap:

Brendan:Sox are a charitable trust
e: Yes, but how many charities have employees making $20 million a year?

Brendan:all money from the sale of the team will be placed into a charitable trust to benefit numerous community charities in the city of Boston
e: So why not have the city donate the money directly to charity? Why spend around 1 billion dollars (total subsidy) to donate a few million to charity? All companies donate to charity - who cares?

Brendan:If the city and state do provide funding for the ballpark they will be repaid in full by the new owners and a parking garage plan.
e:This is dead wrong. Repayment will be partial and will come from local parking owners, local business, Boston hotels and the fans. This is not payback at all. The garage (built by the city)is mostly free parking for ticket holders and revenue is divided with sox - a big negative for the city. Even with these so called paybacks - who will pay for the land donated by the city? Who will recoup the loss in property tax? Who is going to pay back local business? Who is going to recoup revenue for the vendors outside the park? "Hide the subsidy" shouldn't fool anyone.

As for bashing the globe for other reasons that's fine. Feel free to bash the globe as frequently as you wish because it's a 100 pages of shit. I want to smash every globe box on public sidewalk.
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http://www.fieldofschemes.com/