So Joan Vennochi goes after Ernie Boch III in her Sunday Globe op-ed because he posts anonymously. Several thoughts:
1. Howie Carr expresses his “opinion” for large amounts of money. He has chosen a trade off accepting fame or notoriety in exchange for this money. Ernie does not have such an option.
2. The Globe constantly quotes sources anonymously (“One senior executive, speaking on condition on anonymity” etc. etc.).
3. Expressing political opinions anonymously has a long and even positive history. I need only cite the authors of the Federalist Papers-some of our most distinguished and famous “founding fathers” who published under the name “Publius.” Shame on them. Right, Joan?
4. Finally, Vennochi is representative of the reality-challenged Globe writers who can’t deal with the Internet as an alternative source of news and opinion. As John Carroll recently wrote of the Globies, “They thought the Internet was the caboose. Turns out, of course, it’s the engine.”