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Union flags were flown, loud music roared, and fleets of motorcycles rumbled, as several thousand people marched for civil rights and human dignity, and, in at least one case, to scold moguls for banking gross salaries at the expense of workers.
Bostonians rising in anger -- and action -- against ableism, racism, Verizon, and Fox News
| August 12, 2011
Where’s the drumbeat?
Last week's news was dominated by a larger-than-life figure whose cartoonishly confident self-image was battered by revelations that high-level staffers were engaging in questionable practices while trying to get their jobs done.
| July 29, 2011
I noticed a very interesting paragraph in your July 15 editorial, " Defining Deviancy "...
Letters to the Boston editor, July 22, 2011
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| July 22, 2011
Murdoch & Son
In little more than two weeks, Murdoch's News International (NI) division, the maker and breaker of British prime ministers, has been humbled, and — by extension — its US-based parent, News Corporation, humiliated.
A Scandal of Vatican Proportions
| July 22, 2011
Rupert Murdoch's Watergate
Murdoch is a tycoon of darkness. Aside from his handful of quality publications — the Wall Street Journal, the Times of London, the Times Literary Supplement, and the Australian — his News Corporation specializes in smears, sensationalism, and mendacity
| July 15, 2011
From Morons to Assholes
A pyramid of political insults.
| July 15, 2011
Four and a half years
Eventually I was moved into a two- man cell and I had several cellees, as they're known.
In an excerpt from his new memoir, Pasta and Politics , the author recalls his time in a "federally funded gated community"
VINCENT "BUDDY" CIANCI, JR.
| March 18, 2011
The year in tech
This year saw some tech wins (public information), some losses (privacy), and many more questions for the future of an increasingly wired world. (Example: Is anything secret anymore?) And there was the appearance of yet another grassroots David, and, as
Private eyes are watching you
JEFF INGLIS AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER
| December 24, 2010
The BeloJo had a story on Sunday that gave a rating of absolutely true to Senator Weldon Shitehouse's contention that "current US law permits companies that close down American factories and offices and move those jobs overseas to take a tax deduction f
Divisive radicals vs. the moronization of America; postcard from Florida
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| November 26, 2010
The view from the throne
We think we're turning Japanese, we think we're turning Japanese, we really think so. The Japanese have a tremendous obsession with toilets. But the Narragansett Bay Commission, which oversees treatment of metropolitan Providence's sewage, are getting
Toilet humor; They do? They don't?; The GOP is ont he clock; Dubya returns
PHILLIPE AND JORGE
| November 12, 2010
Could it happen here?
The news a few years back that the Bush administration had convinced the big telecom companies to allow the authorities to spy on customers without warrants, in the name of fighting terrorism, caused a ruckus.
| September 24, 2010
On the Ground Zero 'Mosque'
So what's the big deal? Muslims already pray in the Pentagon, which along with the obliterated World Trade Towers was the other successful terrorist target on September 11, 2001.
Plus, Rupert Murdoch buys the GOP
| August 20, 2010
Elena Kagan, onetime dean of Harvard Law School and current US solicitor general, is a less than perfect candidate to sit on the Supreme Court.
She’s weak on free speech, but doesn’t deserve her ‘Seinfeld moment’
| May 14, 2010
Never mind that Rupert Murdoch is shelling out better than $2 billion to buy Metromedia’s seven TV stations. Never mind that he’s then turning around and reselling Boston’s WCVB-TV, Channel 5 to the Hearst Corporation for an astounding $450 million.
The new brand of gonzo journalism
| May 07, 2010
Twilight of the superheroes
While riding the New York subway one warm night in 1922, Hotchkiss-schooled, Yale-educated Henry Robinson Luce conjured the name of his epoch-defining magazine after spotting an arresting advertising placard.
The ghost of Time Inc.’s Henry Luce haunts Bill Keller, Executive Editor of the New York Times
| April 30, 2010
Is Murdoch’s WSJ being snubbed?
This year’s Pulitzer Prize box score has the Washington Post taking four prizes (international reporting, feature writing, commentary, and criticism) and the New York Times snagging three (explanatory, national, and investigative reporting).
Pulitzers by the numbers
| April 16, 2010
Through a glass darkly
Predicting a Super Bowl winner doesn't make you a genius: after all, given a pool of 32 teams, one of them is bound to capture the trophy. But predicting the future for an industry that's been buffeted by new technologies and economic vicissitudes, and
Forecasting the media year to come
| January 08, 2010
News worth paying for?
The Providence Journal , offering a rare window onto its own affairs, recently reported that the newspaper could start charging for access to large swaths of projo.com as early as the first quarter of next year.
The ProJo considers charging for access to its Web site
| December 04, 2009
Burn, baby, burn
The Phoenix opposed President Barack Obama's efforts to help Chicago win the 2016 Summer Olympics on the grounds that doing business with the International Olympic Committee is always bad news for the host community.
The Olympics, zipper-gate, stimulus money, and why Coakley must investigate City Hall
| October 09, 2009
The end of the affair?
During Mitt Romney's failed bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, he demonstrated a potent knack for wooing the conservative commentariat.
Mitt Romney's right-wing-media problem. Plus, Michael Bloomberg's blind spot.
| August 28, 2009
Last Wednesday, oft-vilified media mogul Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corp. — parent company of (among others) the Times of London, the New York Post , and Fox News — will soon begin charging readers for access to all its news sites.
What's behind Rupert Murdoch's paid-content push? Plus, the ambitions of BoMag's new editor.
| August 14, 2009
Sarah Palin, Inc.
Confused commenters have no clue as to the opportunities that await Palin — because few understand the extraordinary, multi-billion-dollar marketplace that has developed for movement conservatives.
The biggest brand name in conservative politics is about to enter the burgeoning right-wing marketplace — and she's perfect for it. Ka-ching!
DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
| July 17, 2009
The Murdoch Globe? The Barnicle Globe?
So speculates the Boston Business Journal, which throws out a few other names as possible buye...
| April 06, 2009
Dailies go Darwin
If you're a tree, you're probably feeling pretty good right now.
Reports of newspapers' death are exaggerated — but after the changes coming in 2009, will we still recognize them?
| December 30, 2008
Granted, other years have had flashier media embarrassments (Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass), but that doesn't mean that 2008 lacked for media misdeeds.
Remembering the year in media malfeasance
| December 23, 2008
The Fox and the Wolff
No point in looking for an explanation or asking "why" something was said or done; Murdoch has no demonstrated ability to do so.
How did a controversial media reporter get total access to the most — and perhaps most — newspaper man in the world? He just asked.
| December 17, 2008
Pat Purcell's mysterious new job
The Boston Herald reports that owner/publisher Pat Purcell has a new gig as executive chairman of th...
| December 02, 2008
The 11th Annual Muzzle Awards
Freedom of expression may be guaranteed by the Constitution. But it’s an idea we have to fight for every day.
Silencing free speech
| June 25, 2008
Look your children in the eye, globetrotter, and tell them the truth: the Golden Age of Air Travel is over.
We recall the 10 things we miss most from the Golden Age of Air Travel
| May 21, 2008
Dance, Monkey: Robert Schimmel
What would really be great would be if, at the end of the show, everyone was dead, except one comic, who is literally the last one standing. He wins.
We put a visiting comic on the hot seat. This week's victim...
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| May 06, 2008
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