Many BMGers have been following the blog “The Trial of Whitey Bulger” written by former US Prosecutor Matt Connolly. This blog is not about the Bulger trial alone, it is an info-rich course on far more than this trial. If you want to be educated on the inner workings (and stunts) of the FBI, US Attorney’s office and the press that “covers” them, this is an eye-opening study by someone who really knows the players and the playbook.
Connolly’s blog today illustrates just how the modern coverage from the Globe is put together from their “reliable” sources…it deals with the Chechian guy shot by the Boston FBI agent in Florida…while half a dozen other lawmen were there…it is an anatomy of how the information given the the public (us!) was prepared.
CHECK IT OUT: “Anatomy of a Modern Day Newspaper by the Repeaters”
The Globe has lost so much credibility with me through their persistent use and over-reliance on “unnamed sources”, “official who asked not to be identified”, “official not authorized to speak on confidential investigations”, “someone close to the investigation.” These secret sources invariably are people with agendas to advance or axes to grind and the information is usually sketchy and generally inflammatory to whichever elected official they were out to skewer. (Coverage of Tim Murray is a case in point) Accuracy is not a criteria for reporting. I stopped believing any story that had such people as sources from reporters who relied/bartered/played with them.