Etymology: Globeyman is derived from the word bogeyman.The etymology of bogeyman although uncertain perhaps comes from the “Middle English word bugge which means frightening spectre. There are, however, words such as the German variation bogge, the Welsh word bwg, the Scottish/Gaelic word bocon and other such variations as boggart, boggy, and bubbear all of which refer to some sort of goblin or other horrifying monsters”.
Because of the frequent use by the Boston Globe of setting up these bogeymen to frighten its readership, when done by a newspaper the word is changed to globeyman.
Being derived from bogeyman we first turn to that definition which is that “it is an imaginary monster that is used to frighten children; or a person who is hated or feared by a group of people.”
Globeyman then is an imaginary or made-up event or an unverified connection between a person and an event used to frighten readers or watchers of news media. It is usually attributed to anonymous sources or to some other vague entity such as “some people” or “high officials.”
These sources or people will then suggest something that is occurring at that time. There will be no evidence of it other than from these entities. Once that has been done, the statement is accepted as true and the media will thereafter write of it as if it is a proven fact and spell out all the dangerous consequences that will follow.
An example would be a newspaper writing about a candidate for office saying “some people say that Miss Candidate is deeply in debt the members of the Mafia.” Without more the newspaper will write: “if that is true then there is a great danger that Miss Candidate will be under the control of mob figures.” It then goes on to explain how bad that is: “It is impossible for society to be effectively represented by someone who is indebted to the mob. This will jeopardize all the good programs that are now in existence.”
The idea is to leave the casual reader with the impression that there must be something to it – under the “where there’s smoke there must be fire” idea. It is a corrupt and underhanded method used by some media to destroy the reputation of public figures and others. This is often called the “some-people-if-true hit.”
Another method is to make connections between a person and certain things without any showing the person was aware of those things. Real life examples of this are from the Boston Globe.
Here is the set up: “Bunker Veterans Social Club, a locked-door facility with a shady past. . . Prosecutors charged that gangster Gerald Sarro — part of a massive drug-dealing, loan-sharking and bookmaking gang — used the Bunker to take illegal bets until he went to prison in 2010. Last August, Boston police cited the club for selling alcohol without a license.”
Then the link.
“[Patty] would sometimes run her campaign operation out of the [club] . . . But the club’s reputation did not deter Campatelli. Patty had a laptop on a table and one on the pool table . . . “
The globeyman is that there is this horrible place and without the slightest bit of evidence suggesting the person knew about it. It is based on sources who are identified as “two people with direct knowledge” or “someone who frequents the club.”
Another example is where an attorney general was said by “some” to be giving corrupt politicians a pass. The paper went on to say: “If true, then . . . has abused the public trust for his narrow political advantage. The real losers are the people that the laws, when unenforced, fail to protect.”