Is the Globe listening? Their latest article about Richard Vitale, based on the fact that Vitale has plead not guilty, is by far the best article on the subject they've written to date, at least in terms of journalistic standards.
Why? For starters, the headline is "Vitale pleads not guilty," whereas if this article were written a month ago it probably would have been, "DiMasi's Bestest BFF Says He's Not Guilty," or something like that. Furthermore, the Globe was more careful with the use of the world "friend," which can mean anything, especially with a well-known politician who has thousands of 'friends.' The Globe carefully defined the relationship in the very same sentence they discuss the 'friendship.' Good. Moreover, there isn't the obligatory first paragraph that's just about DiMasi and Vitale's friendship - they limited it to a sentence - before the Globe even gets to any of the important details of the story.
So, it's not a perfect article, but here's hoping the DiMasi witch hunt is over and any future Richard Vitale stories will be about Richard Vitale, not stretched to the max to somehow cloud the Speaker in guilt by association.