Okay Class, mandatory reading here. Yesterday’s Boston Globe story detailing the court filings and deposition transcripts in the libel suit brought against the Boston Herald by Tom Scholz, the founder of the legendary rock band Boston.
If you recall the lead singer of the defunct group Brad Delp killed himself in 2007. A week later, Laura Raposa and Gayle Fee of Inside Track Fame wrote a story that headlined
Pal’s snub made Delp do it: Boston rocker’s ex-wife speaks.’
The Globe summed up the Herald story this way
They wrote about the conflicts between Scholz and past band members and stated that Micki Delp said her former husband was “upset over the lingering bad feelings from the ugly breakup of the band Boston over 20 years ago’’ and “driven to despair’’ by recent changes in the group. It was, the Herald reported, “the last straw in a dysfunctional professional life that ultimately led to the frontman’s suicide, Delp’s ex-wife said.’’
Notice the part where the gals opined that recent band changes was “the last straw…that led to the frontman’s suicide.”
Scholz sued, and the Herald kept pounding. Reporting every chance they could that Scholz is a universal dick and everyone knows it.
The Globe however quoted from legal documents and depositions taken under oath. The records show that two weeks prior to his suicide Delp was found to have had secretly planted a video camera in his fiancee’s sister’s bedroom. The victim was not happey. Her boyfriend, and Brad’s friend, was really not happy.
Delp was a mess over this. Big time. He did not want his fiancee to find out. Could there be anything more embarrassing and life ruining? Would this cause self-hate and loathing?
BTW. the Inside Track hags and the Herald have known this for some time yet have never mentioned it in any story. This info was never pursued by the lazy yet agenda driven hags.
Yesterday Dan Kennedy brought this matter up on his media blog and did a fair job of outlining the facts. But Dan being Dan seems to not be offended by the “journalistic” rules over at the Herald. In fact Dan is buying into the Herald’s version, the one that says a reasonable person could believe Brad Delp killed himself over his alleged asshole business partner of 30 years.
Dan presents this as a Globe v. Herald thing and not an insult to intelligence, fair play, and human decency. I wonder if Scholz was mean once, or uncooperative, to the Inside Track Hags the past 20 years and blaming him for the suicide was payback.
Here’s how Dan end’s his thoughts on the matter
Libel suits contain many twists and turns, and the court papers Edgers cited do not necessarily contradict the theory that Scholz’s allegedly abusive behavior led Delp to kill himself.
For instance, Edgers noted that the fiancée’s sister, Meg Sullivan, at one point said, “I believe that Tom Scholz and Boston caused the depression which caused Brad to put a camera in my bedroom.”
Journalism. It’s not a profession Dan. It’s a phony source of self-serving and selective rules.
Dan, journalism is nothing but freedom of speech. The bum on the corner has it and the Sulzbergers have it. Just because some do it as a business model with paid advertisers does not make them special nor should they be deemed special.
But Dan suspends belief to protect his friends at the Herald as best he can.
Frauds, they’re all frauds. And the more sanctimonious they are, like Dan and others in “the media” turn out to be the biggest frauds.
Really Dan, if you have a or friends you’re trying to protect or for self-interest then don’t write anything. Really, this one shines too much a light on the circle jerk among the lame local media.