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2001 ARCHIVES

By Dan Kennedy
Senior writer/media critic
The
Boston Phoenix

Last updated on December 28, 2001

The contents of this Web site are copyright 2001 by Daniel D. Kennedy. The articles listed on this page are copyright 2001 by the Boston Phoenix, Inc., unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.


December 28

DON'T QUOTE ME: Beef stew
Mad-cow disease could be much ado about nothing -- or a terrifying threat to our food supply. It's time for the media to take another look.

December 26

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Tough times for the punditocracy.

December 21

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Harrington's sleazy deal to sell the Sox stains the Boston Globe.

December 20

THIS JUST IN: Media
Gender and journalism on PBS.

THIS JUST IN: Tale of the toons
Double trouble for Jane and Jim.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: For sale
Pat Purcell eyes North Shore dailies.

December 19

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Mumia lives! Now let him disappear.

December 17

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
End game for Mr. Speaker?

December 13

INSIDE BASEBALL (with Seth Gitell)
The sale of the Red Sox is a closely held game of money, media, and influence. Who loses? Us, of course.

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
Who's got the beat on the Big Dig?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
The return of Michael Holley.

December 12

THIS JUST IN: Media
For Al Giordano, a victory and a precedent.

December 10

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Reich should run -- as an independent.

December 6

DON'T QUOTE ME: The Baron of Morrissey Boulevard
Boston Globe editor Marty Baron talks about his job, the war on terrorism, and - oh, yes - the New York Times Company's interest in a certain baseball team. Plus,
a Q&A with Baron.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Watch for the rising New York Sun.

December 5

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
E-publishing, beyond the Web.

December 4

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
An American Talib's 'youthful indiscretion.'

November 29

DON'T QUOTE ME: Public radio and cold cash
Now, more than ever, we need NPR. The question is, who pays?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
The gang that couldn't vote straight.

November 26

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Another Scheer distortion.

November 21

TAKING LIBERTIES
A Phoenix roundtable on freedom in the age of terrorism.

THIS JUST IN: Media
For reporters, danger and death in Afghanistan.

THE BEST: Local heroes
Juliette Kayyem.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's jolt
Judicial overreach at Logan Airport.

November 19

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Can CNN be saved?

November 15

THIS JUST IN: Drugs and terror
Al Giordano to speak at BU.

November 14

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Tangled up in Blue.

November 12

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Today's Jolt
Bush wins! Gore would have won! We lose!

November 8

DON'T QUOTE ME: News from the back burner
Five important stories pushed to the margins by the terrorism-obsessed media.

THIS JUST IN: Media
The indispensable Seymour Hersh.

November 7

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Daily Jolt
The selling of Ashleigh Banfield.

November 5

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Daily Jolt
The Episcopal bishops' misguided protest.

November 2

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The Daily Jolt
A bright, shiny day for Mr. Bill.

November 1

POSTCARDS FROM THE NEW NEW ECONOMY
Greetings from the land of high anxiety and wavering expectations.

THIS JUST IN: Collateral damage
Life after Polaroid.

October 29

WEB EXCLUSIVE: The daily jolt
This time, no instant gratification.

October 25

DON'T QUOTE ME: Money pit
Since September 11, news organizations have been spending more and earning less. Will profit-obsessed Wall Street slam on the brakes?

THIS JUST IN: Media
Silent treatment on the Florida recount.

October 24

THIS JUST IN: Wavelengths
Public radio, private pressures.

October 18

'LIBERAL': NO LONGER A DIRTY WORD
Liberal support of the war on terrorism caps a long journey back to a new mainstream.

THIS JUST IN: Media
A dispute over the Bulger connection.

October 11

DON'T QUOTE ME
Beyond TV, some sobering realities.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Judge urges city to reconsider news-box ban.

October 4

DON'T QUOTE ME: Pens and swords
In covering the war on terrorism, the media must contend with military censorship, the public's distrust &emdash; and their own timidity.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Media
Standard delivery.

October 3

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Media
A striking instant book on the September 11 disaster.

September 27

HOW THE TERRORIST CRISIS THREATENS OUR PERSONAL LIBERTIES (with Harvey Silverglate)
As we wrap ourselves in the flag, let's not forget to cling tightly to the Bill of Rights. Plus, sidebar:
"Two Cases in Point."

THIS JUST IN: Media
Did the White House give the Taliban $43 million?

September 20

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Media
Harvard's Michael Ignatieff explores the historical roots of terrorism.

September 19

THIS JUST IN: Media
Excellence, and grace, under pressure.

September 18

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Media
A muted New Yorker addresses the tragedy.

September 17

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Dick Cheney
The man in the black suit.

Sepember 13

DON'T QUOTE ME: Partners in politics
Despite her lackluster campaign, Cheryl Jacques helped establish a positive image of gay and lesbian family life.

September 12

THE END OF DECADENCE
Can the media -- and the rest of us -- adjust to a frightening new world?

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Media
The Herald scores a big scoop.

September 11

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Media
Covering the horror.

September 5

THIS JUST IN: Media
Publishers fight Back Bay news-box ban.

August 30

DON'T QUOTE ME: Culture warrior
David McCullough's stately John Adams prompts a backlash -- and a fascinating debate over the limits of character.

August 23

DON'T QUOTE ME: Fangs a lot
The Boston Globe may do away with the ombudsman. What it should do is turn the post into a truly independent watchdog.

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
Reporter suspended over Gloucester incident.

August 9

WHERE THE BOYS ARE
One year after their gay ban was affirmed, the Boy Scouts are slowly shaking off their homophobic ways.

August 2

DON'T QUOTE ME: Weird science
Bush's rejection of Kyoto rests on three legs: Energy-industry interests, the conservative media &emdash; and scientists who contend that global warming doesn't really exist.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Baron seeks "unpredictability" and "edginess."

July 26

DON'T QUOTE ME: Getting even
A new book on Tina Brown and Harry Evans is a down-and-dirty, delightfully bitchy summer read. But don't write off Tina just yet.

THIS JUST IN: Media
This time, it's really over

July 19

GOODBYE TO ALL THAT
Marty Baron's arrival at the Boston Globe marks not just the end of the Matt Storin era, but of the Tom Winship era as well.

THIS JUST IN: Media
An embargo on the public interest.

THIS JUST IN: Peer praise
Three wins from AAN.

July 12

CELLULAR DIVISION
What Bush doesn't want to use federal funds for embryonic-stem-cell research -- and why he should.

July 5

DON'T QUOTE ME: Curious George
Gilder's Spectator trades nutty right-wing scandal-mongering for nutty right-wing economics. Plus, women in radio, and freelance blues.

July 2

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
A new era at 135 Morrissey Boulevard. (With Seth Gitell.)

June 28

THE FOURTH ANNUAL MUZZLE AWARDS
Ten who undermined freedom of speech and personal liberties.

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
Few big names take buyout.

June 21

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Globe and the greens.

June 14

DON'T QUOTE ME: Hot Prospect
The 11-year-old liberal magazine seeks to raise its profile by shifting its base from Boston to DC and bringing in a talented new editor.

THIS JUST IN: Media
AlterNet.org relaunches; Cullen returns; Malone Connolly departs.

June 13

THIS JUST IN: The last bark?
Globe may fold its Sunday bulldog edition.

June 7

DON'T QUOTE ME: Squeezing the Globe
The New York Times Company is certainly to blame. The bigger villain, though, is Wall Street and its unrealistic profit demands.

THIS JUST IN: Oops
Following up the follow-up.

May 31

THIS JUST IN: Media
Gay unions and the wedding pages.

THIS JUST IN: Follow-up
The Herald and Robert Brustein.

May 24

DON'T QUOTE ME: Bush's free ride
From the attack dogs of the Clinton era to the lap dogs of today, the White House press corps sure isn't what it used to be.

May 18

WEB EXTRA: Will's way
Globe legend McDonough wants to retire -- and keep his column.

May 17

DON'T QUOTE ME: Truth and consequences
If we execute Timothy McVeigh, questions about the Oklahoma City bombing will go forever unanswered.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Samizdat from campaign 2000.

May 16

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
The Sunday paper gets smaller.

May 10

DON'T QUOTE ME: Killing Timothy McVeigh
The First Amendment requires it and our conscience demands it: Televising executions is the right thing to do.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Metro battles the T; Barnicle's caught; Flynn's hot.

May 4

THIS JUST IN: Web extra
Tide of punditry turns against Kerrey.

May 3

BOB KERREY'S WAR
Making sense of what happened -- or didn't happen -- in a small Vietnamese village 32 years ago.

April 26

BOBOS IN RADIOLAND
The battle over The Connection illuminates what public radio has become: privatized, high-quality programming aimed at the affluent, well-educated elite.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Five years of nonpartisan wonkery.

April 18

DON'T QUOTE ME: Pulitzer notes
For the Globe, good news during a time of financial constraint. Plus, a thoughtful voice on gay marriage, and the Wall Street Journal's eloquent contrarian.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Objective by day, attack dog by night.

April 12

DON'T QUOTE ME: The Internet on trial
The war on drugs, a powerful Mexican banker, and a libel suit add up to a big threat to independent online journalism. Plus,
a conversation with Narco News Bulletin impresario Al Giordano.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Giving new voice to some not-so-obvious truths.

April 10

WEB EXTRA: Freedom to speak
A proposal to ban news boxes from the Back Bay would seriously harm the First Amendment right to be heard.

April 5

DON'T QUOTE ME: Hush-hush
In its war of words with WEEI, the Globe learns that silence isn't necessarily golden.

RED SOX PREVIEW: Trial by press
The 'Knights of the Keyboard' have always been part of what makes Red Sox baseball so passionate, so vicious -- and so much fun.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Silent spring for two local papers.

March 29

DON'T QUOTE ME: The cult of Greenspan
Despite growing criticism, media-driven faith in the Fed chairman remains pervasive. This time, though, he just may be out of miracles.

THIS JUST IN: Media
A Globe critic's classical bind.

THIS JUST IN: Radio
A quarter-century of Brudnoy.

March 28

THIS JUST IN: As the Globe turns
McNamara speaks out after column is killed.

March 23

WEB EXTRA: Media
Dennis & Callahan & Barnicle & Oliphant.

March 22

THIS JUST IN: Media
Surprise! Rational talk about reparations.

March 15

DON'T QUOTE ME: Talk is cheap
When news isn't happening, the all-news cable channels are yapping. But why do they have to be so dumb?

THIS JUST IN: Media
Lydon to make the freelance connection.

WEB EXTRA: Disconnection update
Paging Nina Totenberg.

March 8

DON'T QUOTE ME: Kissinger accused
Journalist Christopher Hitchens reminds us once again of the horrors that Henry wrought in Chile, Cambodia, Vietnam, and elsewhere.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Jay Severin, Joan Vennochi -- and Eminem.

THIS JUST IN: Disconnection update
It's over -- unless it isn't.

February 28

DON'T QUOTE ME: In cold type II
Further (and second) thoughts on coverage of the Dartmouth College murders. (Updated for the print version.)

THIS JUST IN: Talking points
Bush ends his stealth presidency.

February 23

WEB EXCLUSIVE: In cold type II
Further (and second) thoughts on coverage of the Dartmouth College murders.

February 22

DON'T QUOTE ME: Code of silence
A federal appeals court ruling that muzzles judges will harm the public's right to know -- and, in turn, will undermine public confidence in the judicial system.

THIS JUST IN: Lydon and WBUR
Can this marriage be saved?

THIS JUST IN: Media
Sex, violence, and the cultural left.

February 21

THE DARTMOUTH MURDERS: In cold type
Behind the Globe's front-page mea culpa; the Herald overhypes a theory.

February 15

DON'T QUOTE ME: Jane's defense, weakly
Can the most unpopular politician in the state change her media image? It won't be easy. But observers say it's not impossible, either.

THIS JUST IN: Media
NewYorker.com makes a low-key debut.

THIS JUST IN: Good for us
The Phoenix cleans up in the annual New England Press Association Awards.

February 8

DON'T QUOTE ME: How Tip saved the Globe
O'Neill's machinations helped bring down the old Herald -- and won him a powerful media friend.

THIS JUST IN: Media
At Community Newspapers, hopes of upsizing.

THIS JUST IN: Whoops!
Off the record and on the Web

February 1

EUGENE RIVERS'S MOMENT
Under fire for challenging Jesse Jackson, the street minister says the real challenge is to work with the Bushies in crafting a new, post-civil-rights agenda.

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Clintons: guilty as charged, even when they're not.

January 31

WEB EXTRA: D-Day at Fidelity
Community Newspaper owner-to-be Pat Purcell forces some big-name departures -- and creates a major new position for one of his top Herald editors.

January 25

DON'T QUOTE ME: Raging Bill
The Microsoft antitrust case was a metaphor for the '90s. Or, what do Bill Gates, O.J. Simpson, and Bill Clinton have in common?

THIS JUST IN: Media
The Globe moves to halt its Sunday slide.

January 18

DON'T QUOTE ME: Tight fit
Pat Purcell struggles to close his $150 million deal with Fidelity. Plus, how a trigger-happy ex-legislator slid by the media, and Charlestown's grievance against the Globe.

THIS JUST IN: Media
Why Bush can't talk.

January 11

DON'T QUOTE ME: Bye, George
Despite rising circulation, the plug is finally pulled on John Kennedy's confused magazine. Plus, the Globe gets an op-ed shuffle, and a Tailwind blows into Harvard Square.

THIS JUST IN: Media
This week's obligatory Jeff Jacoby item.

THIS JUST IN: Banned in Boston
The Gardner Museum drops an inconvenient book.

January 4

DON'T QUOTE ME: Time to get real
The Florida-recount story proved the public has a taste for substance. But will the media follow through?

THIS JUST IN: Media
Jacoby, Begala, and Barnicle: together at last.