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Posts Tagged ‘Scott Allen’

Boston Globe Takes Heat for Blowing ‘Whitey’ Bulger Informant’s Cover*

For anyone who followed the unlikely capture of James “Whitey” Bulger in Santa Monica, Sunday’s front page Boston Globe feature article was a must-read, full of new details about the gangster’s life on the lam. However, many of the newspaper’s readers are questioning the decision by reporters Shelley Murphy and Maria Cramer to fully expose the person who tipped the FBI to the whereabouts of the fugitive and his female companion, Catherine Geiger, triggering the payout of a $2 million reward.

So far, only cross-town rival the Boston Herald has opted not to disclose the informant’s name in its reaction reports. Every other outlet–from national wire services to local outfits like NBC LA–has run with the name, further breaching the FBI’s guarantee of tipster confidentiality. Among the Globe reader comments:

DPierre: Am I the only one who is a little uneasy about the Globe publishing the NAME of the woman from Iceland, the informant?

Boston220: Does stupid, reckless Shelley Murphy not give a crap that this woman is now publicly identified? Does she not realize the risks involved here? Whitey Bulger was a mass murderer. It is so damn irresponsible to publicize her name… I hope Murphy and the editors of the Globe and its parent NYT go to sleep feeling nothing but shame for the rest of their lives.

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Boston Globe Reporters Rally to Save Their Paper

boston-globe-logo.jpgWith the Boston Globe potentially facing an imminent demise, Globe reporters and the Boston Newspaper Guild have teamed with local politicans to host a rally at noon “in support of saving the Boston Globe.” The event was billed as featuring “journalists and business staff” from the paper, along with Boston City Council President Mike Ross and union leaders. At the rally, members of the public were invited to sign a petition saying they are “committed to saving the Boston Globe from the threat of closure.”

This morning, the Globe’s crosstown rival, the Boston Herald, published a story claiming that the rally raises “concerns about potential conflicts” because the Guild organized the event with the powerful Boston lobbying firm O’Neill and Associates and sought the participation of area politicians. Massachusetts State Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei told the Herald that he was invited to attend, but “would feel uncomfortable.” The Herald also spoke with Poynter Institute scholar Bob Steele, who said it “puts pressure on the principle of journalistic independence,” when reporters ask politicians for support. Massachusetts senator John Kerry has also spoken out in support of the Globe, calling for Senate committee hearings on the future of the newspaper industry in response to the crisis.

Earlier today, we spoke with Scott Allen, an investigative reporter who’s been at the Globe for almost 17 years, to get his take on the mood in the newsroom…

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