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The Barnicle Files


December 25

THE TRIUMPH OF THE REAL

The media think it's all about them. Sex, war, and impeachment prove otherwise.

THIS JUST IN: Hypocrisy

A whole Lott of racial hatred.

December 18

TOXIC LEGACY

Behind -- and beyond -- the hype over A Civil Action: a reporter revisits the scene of the Woburn tragedy.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The conservatives give it their worst.

December 11

DON'T QUOTE ME: 'Body' language

Was Jesse Ventura's win proof of the Internet's power? Plus, Barnicle's Imus-driven comeback, and Newsweek eats its broccoli.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Don Feder's maladroit maliciousness.

THIS JUST IN: Cyberbitching

Web site cuts off media gossip.

December 4

DON'T QUOTE ME: Patriotic

Boston's dailies pave the way for a possible reversal of fortune.

THIS JUST IN: Apocalypse now

Academia ponders the end of the world.

November 27

DON'T QUOTE ME: Private lives

Fox 25 exploits gays for cheap ratings points. Plus, Bill Galvin dismisses Channel 7's solid voter-fraud story, and what's wrong with Beacon Hill coverage.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Vennochi moves to op-ed. Will Bailey replace her?

November 20

DON'T QUOTE ME: Caller ID

An intriguing talk-radio tale about truth, history, and revenge.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Monitor reboots in a competitive new era.

November 13

DIRTY MINDS

The Internet's would-be censors are back with a dangerous new law that threatens free speech -- and, perversely, protects for-profit pornographers.

THIS JUST IN: Punditry

Dems surprise, but Clinton's still a loser.

November 6

THE BEST: Local heroes

The Ten Point Coaliton.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Grading the other horse race.

THIS JUST IN: World watch

The cost of free trade.

October 30

DON'T QUOTE ME: Column inches

The Globe replaces Patricia Smith and Mike Barnicle with reporters rather than personalities.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Barnicle's on-again, off-again op-ed is on again.

October 23

POLITICS: Third time's no charm

Peter Torkildsen's rematch with Representative John Tierney was supposed to put state Republicans back in business. So far, it's not working out that way.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Scott Shuger's silent scream.

October 16

DON'T QUOTE ME: Cash and parry

Excluded from the TV debates, the Libertarians challenge the campaign-finance law. One possible result: getting the media out of the debate business.

THIS JUST IN: Media

At Channel 7, Mighty Casey strikes out.

October 9

DON'T QUOTE ME: Team Clinton

Massachusetts's congressional Democrats emerge as the philanderer-in-chief's most reliable defenders.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Patricia Smith -- hot, cool, and creepy.

October 2

DON'T QUOTE ME: Dirty work

The Herald smears Mike Capuano in an overhyped front-page piece. Plus, Eileen McNamara and the Moonies, and Danny Schechter's missing lines.

THIS JUST IN: Media

WBUR unveils local newscast.

September 25

DON'T QUOTE ME: Starting over

The Globe should rethink what it wants from its metro columnists. Plus, video sex, and getting stupid on MSNBC.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Mike Barnicle: Comeback kid?

THIS JUST IN: Broadcast

Radio Free Allston founder fights the power.

September 18

STARR IN OUR EYES

We didn't need to know it. But now that we do, we can hardly ignore it.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Globe lowers the cone of silence

September 11

DON'T QUOTE ME: Behind closed doors

The Herald's gossip about John Kerry is just more evidence of how Bill Clinton has degraded public life. Plus, Jeff Jacoby under rhetorical fire, and war correspondents under real fire.

THIS JUST IN: Getting even by Peter Kadzis and Dan Kennedy

Radio waves and aftershocks follow WBCN-Herald dustup.

THIS JUST IN: Head of the class

Tales from the crypt.

September 4

MIKHAIL STORIN

Boston Globe editor Matt Storin came to power amid promises of change. He brought reform, but reform was not enough. What was needed was a revolution, and time proved him unable -- or unwilling. Now there are whispers that his regime may be coming to an end.

August 28

DON'T QUOTE ME: Watching the watchdog

Steve Brill is at it again. His latest victim: Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. Plus, quaking columnists, media sexism, and more.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The Globe cuts Jon Keller loose.

August 21

STRIKING SIMILARITIES

Mike Barnicle, this is A.J. Liebling. Have you met?

URBAN EYE: Hark, the new Herald

Coming Monday, in full color.

August 14

BARNICLE'S GAME

Why he should have been fired -- and why he wasn't.

August 7

BEFORE THE FLOOD by Harvey Silverglate and Dan Kennedy

Why Clinton should demand impeachment hearings.

THIS JUST IN: Barnicle on the brink

Actually, he wasn't thinking.

THIS JUST IN: Media by Dan Kennedy and S.I. Rosenbaum

When policy and news collide.

THIS JUST IN: Dept. of striking similarities

Those damn footsteps.

July 31

PERSONALLY: On my honor

Reflections on the war between the Boy Scout and the Unitarian Universalists -- by someone with a foot in both camps.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Can't win for losing.

July 24

DON'T QUOTE ME: Truth and consequences

The current outcry over sleazy media ethics makes it all too easy to discredit investigative reporting.

July 17

DON'T QUOTE ME: Think small

By choosing David Remnick as his new editor, Si Newhouse has a chance to return the New Yorker to its less-glitzy roots as a serious -- and maybe even profitable -- magazine.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Patricia Smith speaks out.

July 10

DON'T QUOTE ME: Green days

How corporate greed -- fueled by stock-market fever -- is destroying newspapers. Plus, more fallout from the Patricia Smith affair.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The education of Michael Kelly.

July 3

THE FIRST ANNUAL MUZZLE AWARDS

10 who undermined freedom of speech.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The return of James Fallows.

June 26

DON'T QUOTE ME: Sifting the ashes

Making sense of Patricia Smith's startling self-immolation.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The London Times fumbles the facts.

June 19

DON'T QUOTE ME: Grilled Brill

The founder of the much-hyped media watchdog Content is hoist on his own ethical petard.

THIS JUST IN: Free speech

A shameful -- and shameless -- performance.

THIS JUST IN: Media

'Nixon Beats Winship': The head that almost was.

June 12

POLITICS: Mean and meaner

Democratic AG candidates Lois Pines and Tom Reilly are the Republicans' best friends.

THIS JUST IN: Conventional wisdom

Boston DNC 2000 explained in three easy pieces.

June 5

POLITICS: Party hardly

Democratic gubernatorial candidates must combat a once-unthinkable reality: Republicans now have the psychological edge.

May 29

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fundraising scandal

No, not that kind of scandal. This one involves two newspapers, old charges, and angry finger-pointing.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Photographer teaches Herald a copyright lesson.

May 22

GET ME REWRITE

The Boston Globe is one of the best regional papers in the country. So why is its local coverage so disengaged, so uneven -- and so dull?

THIS JUST IN: Media

The 'Cereal Killer' comes to Harvard.

May 15

THIS JUST IN: Media

Bitch, bitch, bitch.

THIS JUST IN: Global exodus

Another one hits the road.

May 8

DON'T QUOTE ME: Hardball

Accusations that the Globe croaked the Monitor Channel recall a previous media war. Plus, blood, guts, and TV news; and Pedro, , espaŅol, no.

THIS JUST IN: Do not pass go

A populist tax-cutter stays on the sidelines.

May 1

DON'T QUOTE ME: Still beat your wife?

How Matt Drudge's lawyer, with the help of the media, revived an ugly -- and untrue -- rumor. Plus, Salon and the Wall Street Journal square off.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Malone camp stews over Cellucci birthday bash.

THIS JUST IN: Biden his time

Don't know much about history.

April 24

TALKING POLITICS: Could've been Worcester by Michael Crowley with Dan Kennedy

Cellucci brings it on: the Firehouse bar, Dave Matthews, a slick video. But Joe 'Call me Rocky' Malone survives.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The return of the semen-stained dress.

THIS JUST IN: Spell check

Barnicle goes 0 for 3.

April 17

DON'T QUOTE ME: Are they scandals?

Boston versus Gates, the Globe versus Flynn, Barnicle versus Eagan.

THIS JUST IN: Pulitzers

Sucking up at the Washington Post.

April 10

DON'T QUOTE ME: Sound and fury

Howie Carr's claim that he has off-the-air tapes of former radio colleague Marjorie Clapprood heats up a bitter rivalry.

April 3

DON'T QUOTE ME: No doubting Thomas

Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant takes himself out of the game with his over-the-top defense of Bill Clinton.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Scientology's 'tortured' logic.

March 27

DON'T QUOTE ME: Prince of the city

Lowell Sun publisher Kendall Wallace has used political muscle to revitalize his hometown. But his style raises questions about a newspaper's proper role.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The railroading of Ron Carey.

March 20

DON'T QUOTE ME: Forgotten man

The media's obsession with scandal helped derail Joe Kennedy's political ambitions. But by the time he pulled out, he was yesterday's news.

THIS JUST IN: London calling

The 'secret wives' of Bob Dylan.

THIS JUST IN: Media

A tragic suicide, and an ugly fallout.

March 13

DON'T QUOTE ME: Tsk, tsk, tsk

The journalism reviews don't like Fornigate one little bit. Plus, the Herald versus Scientology, and Michael Kelly's dis-and-tell disclosure.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Trade mag traces computer woes at Big Dig.

March 6

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Eight years ago the state promised a $1.3 billion tax hike would be temporary. Fulfilling that promise now would wreck the budget. Care to guess where your tax dollars went?

THIS JUST IN: Media

Howard Kurtz on the limits of spin.

February 27

THIS JUST IN: Follow-up

The police versus the Globe: Whose truth is truest?

THIS JUST IN: Media

Radio Free Allston's off-air crusade.

February 20

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fire, ready, aim

The Boston Police Department's attack against the Globe claims a casualty: its own credibility. Plus, notes from the Monica underground.

THIS JUST IN: Media

WBUR's new frontier: Boston.

February 13

MEAT PUPPETS

Government regulators, the food industry, and most scientists agree that food irradiation is safe and effective. Michael Colby doesn't care: he wants it stopped. Is he a hero or a menace?

DON'T QUOTE ME: Scandalus interruptus

The media thought Fornigate was going to be simple, salacious, and fun. Now it's starting to look like work.

THIS JUST IN: Media

Joe Malone's shouting match with the Globe.

February 6

DON'T QUOTE ME: Backlash

As the negative headlines mount, Clinton's popularity has hit new heights. But the press needs to ignore the polls, stop its handwringing, and stay the course.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The inside track on names and faces.

January 30

DON'T QUOTE ME: Mr. Personality

Ed Cafasso, the attorney general's press secretary, is passionate, aggressive, and confrontational. Does that help or hurt Scott Harshbarger?

THIS JUST IN: Media

A no-news feeding frenzy.

January 23

DON'T QUOTE ME: Playing with fire

WRKO's new morning host indulges in some dicey race rhetoric. Plus, Matt Drudge's dumb luck.

THIS JUST IN: Follow-up

Silence is golden at BC Law.

January 16

THIS JUST IN: Sibling rivalries

Demoulas v. Demoulas v. Globe v. Herald

January 9

DON'T QUOTE ME: Lost in the myth

The Globe bids Michael Kennedy an exceedingly gentle farewell. Plus, Szep and the Irish, and this side of parodies.

THIS JUST IN: Media

The fat of the land.

January 2

DON'T QUOTE ME: Take two

Arrogance cost Jan Schlichtmann the victory he sought in the Woburn toxic-waste trial 11 years ago. But never mind. Now Hollywood's A Civil Action is turning him into a winner.

THIS JUST IN: Media

From classical to classified at WCRB.