After months of anticipation, the James 'Whitey' Bulger trial is finally underway, and the media is covering it with a vengeance. In some ways that’s a good thing, but in other ways… the jury is still out.
More and more media outlets are partnering with all kinds of bedfellows to boost an image, get larger distribution, or to make a few more bucks - WGBH included - but one such partnership between WCVB Channel 5 and NStar struck some viewers as particularly strange.
Budget woes, bureau closures, and layoffs are headlines long associated with the commercial network news divisions. Now though, that's happening at PBS NewsHour, and it's prompting some to rethink public television's signature newscast.
The criminal trial of James Whitey Bulger is destined to be the media event of the summer, but some of the journalists who've covered Bulger for years might have missed out. That's because Bulger named Shelly Murphy and Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr to his witness list, which could have prevented them from covering the trial. Shelley Murphy says that for Bulger, it's personal.
Door knocking is one of the less savory aspects of TV news. That's when a reporter reaches out to someone touched by tragedy asking for comment. While many people are anxious to talk, others are not, and an incident in Providence this week shows what can happen when sensitivity is lacking.
Sometimes a dog with a bone is a good thing, a case in point being the Boston Herald's persistent coverage of welfare abuse and EBT card fraud. This week, the state auditor released a report validating the Herald's reporting.
Tensions between the Obama Administration and the press reached a boiling point this month after two high-profile investigations targeting journalists. This week, Attorney General Eric Holder tried to extend an olive branch, offering to meet with news organization off-the-record, and leaving them divided on whether to accept.
The sudden announcement this week that a major newspaper had cut its entire photo staff to focus on video sent shockwaves through journalism circles. It's also a vivid illustration of how quickly the newspaper business is changing.
When Lt. Governor Tim Murray announced this week that he was leaving that post early to become head of the Worcester Chamber of Commerce, the press leapt to all kinds of speculative conclusions as to why. For some, it was just the latest example of how the Boston press is cool to politicians from central and western Massachusetts. Watch the segment... and tell us what you think. Did Murray get a fair shake from the press?
There are political disputes, controversies, and kerfluffles, but nothing quite captures the attention of the Washington press corps like a full-throated scandal. So what's the threshold, and who decides when it's really a scandal?
Call it the world of wishful thinking. The media is salivating at the prospect of a televised Whitey Bulger trial. They'll lobby the courts. They'll seek a waiver from the federal government. They'll take it to the Supreme Court, but the reality is... it's NOT going to happen.
With its aggressive prosecution of whistle-blowers and leaks, the Obama Administration's relationship with the media has been tense for some time. But now, following revelations that the Justice Department secretly obtained Associated Press phone records, friction between the president and the press may be at an all-time high.
Another snooping scandal escalated this week, this one perpetrated by reporters at Bloomberg News who secretly accessed the accounts of Bloomberg's business clients. Bloomberg says it has put an end to it, but serious questions about what took place are just beginning.
After the attacks on the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last September, which killed four Americans including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Fox News consistently framed the story as a cover-up, while most other outlets framed it as a political dispute. Those fault lines were resurrected in coverage of this week's congressional hearings.
One of the most horrifying kidnapping cases in years broke earlier this week in Cleveland, Ohio, where a man is charged with holding three women captive for a decade. But out of that horror, some in the media found humor in would-be rescuer Charles Ramsey.
This week, Bostonians' hearts warmed to the tale of a scrappy kid from Brookline who used Twitter to get into the college of his choice. But while the story got a lot of traction, it was also based on a false premise.
Gays and lesbians can now get married in ten states, they can serve openly in the military and in Congress, and even the Boy Scouts are slowly coming around. So when NBA player Jason Collins came out this week, the media wrestled with how to place it in context.
Media critics aren't exactly movie stars, so their names and faces aren't household names. The one possible exception is Howie Kurtz, who rose to prominence at The Washington Post and CNN before taking a job with The Daily Beast. But now, the media critic himself is at the heart of the criticism.
Nearly three weeks after the Boston marathon bombings, the national media is still covering the story aggressively, camping out in Copley Square. That's reasonable as long as the story is still developing. But at some point, the national press may find that it's overstayed its welcome.
News organizations have been covering the marathon bombings virtually around the clock for the past two weeks. A lot of that coverage has been outstanding, but as with any breaking news story there's often a combination of the good, some bad, and a little ugly.