Cover-Up at the Boston Globe
I wrote a series of columns (along with the introduction below) about fabrications by
Boston Globe columnist Patricia Smith and Mike Barnicle. While I'm doing other kinds of
writing now, I believe these columns provide a good model for how media criticism
should be conducted in the face of serious wrongdoing, particularly in the way they
try to speak truth to power and clarify what was often left confused and muddled.
The last act, in which
Mike Barnicle finally resigned, isn't commented on in the narrative.
2011 / Ken
The Boston Globe has a pattern of concealing
information from the public. It covered up the existence of fabrications in Patricia Smith
columns for a number of years. At the same time, it has been engaged in a years-long
holding action designed to protect one of its star columnists, Mike Barnicle, from
allegations that he invented information and took ideas from other writers.
Unfortunately, the Boston Globe still hasn't come clean with readers. Now
it is trying to distract attention from the role of its top editors in concealing the
The time is long overdue for a significant change at the
newspaper, both in staff and in the way it defines its mission.
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