The Globe has now devoted two days of full-force front-page coverage to a legal call by our Governor to help a company with business interests in our state.
First question: why? One possibility is genuine moral outrage. I think we can safely dismiss that. The Globe is a corporation, not a public trust. Their responsibility is to The New York Times company and its shareholders. This story helps them sell newspapers and increase their power. So far, so good.
Second, more interesting, question: how? Patrick made his call two weeks ago. The story broke yesterday. Who dropped the dime to Phillips, and why this week instead of last? The most likely suspect, I think: a disaffected faction in the hackocracy that did not get what it wanted in Patrick’s budget.
Conclusion: this story is partly about a rookie governor making a stupid call, but fundamentally about The Powers That Be in Massachusetts — the Dark Lords of the Legislature (the gang who sneer at our Constitution and the rule of law), and the reporters at the Globe to whom they feed stories that sell — firing a shot across Patrick’s mandate for change.