What’s up with that? Seriously, it seems inconceivable that Casey Ross and his Globe editors don’t know who the proposed developers of Suffolk Downs are. After all, it’s been reported in their own paper and the convoluted relationship with Vornado, Menino, Downtown Crossing and Suffolk Downs was reported in the Herald last week. I actually hope the Globe was just following the stupid newspaper’s rule in a two paper town of never mentioning a story that had been reported in the rival paper, so since the Herald once mentioned that the Filene’s site/hole and Suffolk Downs have a common developer then the Globe can never mention it…or something. Because if the Globe is not connecting these very obvious dots for their readers simply because they want casinos or because many of Boston’s most powerful are pulling for Suffolk Downs to get one, than that would a giant hole in the Globe’s integrity as a news organization- not to mention its usefulness to their readers & the city.
**UPDATE**– Well, an hour after I put this post up I see that the Globe has just put up a new story for Thursday’s paper about Vornado Realty Trust & Downtown Crossing that actually does share with its readers the connection to the proposed Suffolk Downs casino, because Mayor Menino is now demanding that Vornado be removed from the Suffolk Downs project. It’s not clear what has changed between now and last week, when Menino was “not too concerned” with Vornado’s role in the Suffolk Downs deal. But, evidently the Globe will actually report key connections between critical developments in town when major public officials make direct public statements about said connections. That’s good, I guess.
An interesting line from the new Globe story, that cries out for some further elaboration, but gets none:
The row over Vornado, a $14 billion real estate investment firm, highlights the kind of conflicts that could emerge if the state Legislature approves casino gambling in Massachusetts: Some of the expected bidders are large, deep-pocketed, out-of-state companies involved in other controversial developments and businesses.
Do tell, Globe…do tell. Please, do your job and do tell!