Oh, noes! Quick, write the front-page headline!
Instead of going in length describing everything that's wrong with this article, point by point (it's not as if I've never done that before), here are three quick things that bother me:
- The foreboding picture. Seriously, they may as well have put up a Deval-as-Darth-Vader photoshop picture and it probably would have looked less evil. It's actually quite funny, the depths to which the Globe must have went to find such a horrendously scary picture of Deval.
- Why can't the Boston Globe seemingly ever manage to answer any of the key questions? These aren't finished pieces. What did Patrick's phone call actually do? Just writing an article for he-said-she-said purposes, to essentially report innuendo, is ridiculous. I want to know what the phone call was about, what Patrick said during it, what the companies in question got from it, etc. Maybe Deval was just having a friendly conversation, maybe he was being ebil. Who knows? The Boston Globe didn't do any research, content to just find mouthpieces not related to what happened in order to criticize the Governor (to sell more newspapers).
- Frank Phillips wrote this piece. It's not as if he has a history or anything. Seriously, how many shoddy articles can one write before they're fired?