The state attorney general has launched an investigation into the financial dealings of House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi's personal accountant, according to multiple government officials, in a move that escalates the level of scrutiny of the profits and influence of DiMasi's close cadre of friends.Look, there's no doubt some reason for the Attorney General's office to look into Richard Vitale's business arrangements. However, pinning this on Speaker DiMasi, when it hasn't even been fully pinned on Vitale, is spurious at best. Guilt by association is one of the sleaziest tactics a campaign could make, I've never understood why newspapers feel as though they're free from that taint.
Furthermore, does the Globe really need to resort to such terms as "close cadre of friends?" For starters, the article is about Richard Vitale, not any other "friend" of Speaker DiMasi. Moreover, would it have kill the Globe to stay out of tabloid journalism? Why not, "Richard Vitale is widely seen as a friend of Speaker Salvatore DiMasi who has, at times, benefited from the Speaker's influence," instead of sliming Speaker DiMasi for something Richard Vitale allegedly did (and that hasn't even resulted in a formal charge yet).
It may very well be that Speaker DiMasi abused the public trust, but as of yet there's no hard evidence. As previously mentioned, Richard Vitale hasn't been formerly charged yet. Furthermore, even if he is charged, his alleged crime - collecting lobbyist fees without properly reporting them - has nothing to do with Speaker DiMasi. For the Globe to continually insinuate that it does, right on the front page, is nothing short of throwing muck. It's not an act befitting of "the paper of record."