I’ve decided to resubscribe to the Boston Globe for a few months in response to an exchange on another thread here. I’ve signed up for online access from my computer and cellphone (the same access I have for the New York Times, Washington Post, and others).
I invite the BMG community to join me in blogging a contrast-and-compare between the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and the Washington Post as the events of the next few months unfold.
In the exchange on that thread, fellow BMG participant pogo makes a legitimate criticism of my negative commentary about the Boston Globe:
… [You’ve] presented no factual evidence as to why you dismiss the Globe as not “providing responsible journalism” and is filled with “propaganda and lies “. Frankly those are typical round-house punches thrown by the likes of Trump when he’s got nothing to back him up. What do you have to back up your assertions about the Globe?
I was a daily reader of the Globe for decades, until it was purchased by John Henry. I canceled my subscription to the print version years ago after the paper used printed subscriber lists to wrap papers for delivery. The “customer service” I received when I attempted to inquire about that episode was so insulting that I canceled the print subscription (retaining my online access). I canceled my online subscription when the Globe ran a front-page “human interest” story about the dents in the the Green Monster. Since canceling my online access, I’ve been alienated by the very intrusive paywall maintained by the publication on all its online sites.
This is all a long-winded way of agreeing with pogo that my criticism of the publication is at least out-of-date and perhaps overblown.
Hence this thread. For a story of interest that is covered by the Times and the Post (my main sources), I’ll make an effort to compare and contrast that coverage with the content of the Globe. If and when I see stories in the Globe that I like, I’ll note them. If and when I see stories that I don’t like, I’ll note those.
I do want to be explicit about one thing — no sports please. I’d like anything to do with the Celtics, the Patriots, the Red Sox, the Bruins, or anything else related to sports to go somewhere else. I’m interested in NEWS, not sports.
I invite you to join me in this exercise. If there’s no interest, then of course we can drop the thread. I’m putting this up primarily as a gesture of respect towards pogo.