I know I don’t even have to say anything more than above and you know what I am talking about. When was it that Jeff what’shisname published his hit piece. A month, two months ago. Here it is, June 24, 2013. That was the call to shun him. Jeff Jacoby who according to the Globe was “hired from the Boston Herald in 1987.”
Well you knew it was time for someone else to be given the assignment. This time it was Scott Lehigh. Here’s what the paper says about him: “Since joining the staff in 1989, he has held several editorial positions and has been a consistent member of the paper’s political reporting staff.” He joined in 1989, the year after the big Spotlight article on Billy Bulger and 75 State Street. So he’s no neophyte lacking knowledge of the history of these matters.
Hopefully the new owner John Henry will realize these guys are just cro-magnon species unable to do anything other than regurgitating the old Boston Globe line. It’s time to get rid of all those who were around in the late 1980s who have helped the paper do its swan dive from being worth over 1 billion dollars to a mere 75 million because they tied themselves to a lie that more and more people are recognizing.
Scot, with one “t”, or Lehigh, begins his hit piece with this lie, “And yet, though this trial has resolved beyond doubt the enormous evil of Whitey, it should also underscore the dishonorable behavior of Whitey’s brother William.” All right, let’s overlook the fact the trial had nothing to do with Billy, how then does Scot, with one “t”, bring Billy into this.
He tells of the 1995 call right after Whitey fled in which Billy didn’t urge Whitey to turn himself in. It also tells of Billy’s testimony before a grand jury where he said “I don’t feel an obligation to help everyone to catch him.’’ He doesn’t tell us that the Boston Globe in violation of the federal law obtained that secret grand jury evidence from the US Attorney’s office in order to embarrass Billy just before his Congressional testimony.
It goes on to talk about 75 State Street. He says “he and his law associate extorted $500,000 from developer Harold Brown.” That happens to be an outright lie. Then he says: “Whitey’s trial underscored, FBI agent John Morris, who oversaw the . . . 75 State Street affair and was closely involved with a subsequent reinvestigation, was by his own admission corrupt, . . . “
Why doesn’t he tell us the whole truth. John Morris at the time was the major source of the Boston Globe. He had disclosed Whitey was an informant. He was working hand in hand with the Globe to get something on Billy Bulger. Gerry O’Neill of the Globe was pushing him to come up with something, anything, to justify the Globe’s attacks on Billy. He worked hard to do it but there was nothing.
Why doesn’t he tell us that two U.S. Attorneys, McNamara and O’Sullivan investigated the allegation of extortion and found nothing. He alleges: “O’Sullivan did have a secret conflict” and suggests we should be skeptical about his decision.
But he knows O’Sullivan delegated the investigation to two career US attorneys and had no involvement in it. One of those attorneys would become a judge on the highest court in Massachusetts and no one dares question their ethics. They found no extortion, but Lehigh hides that.
Why doesn’t he tell us that Scott Harshbargher who run for attorney general on the promise he would reopen the investigation into 75 State Street, and the Globe supported him because of that, did investigate it and he too found there was no criminal activity.
How then does Lehigh call it extortion? Then he tells us of Howie Carr’s allegation by saying “It’s also long been whispered” that the legitimate investigation into Joe DiCarlo was a fake FBI investigation to bring him down and put Billy in the position of Senate president. What a vile libel!
The beat goes on. Columnists who know better are designated as the hit person of the month. The job is spread among them. They write their columns with half-truths knowing they are hiding the real facts. I’d like to know who is behind all these sordid hit pieces. Are these columnists so intimidated by whomever it is that they besmirch their reputation by wallowing in such lies.
Lehigh has the audacity to say Billy Bulger along with his partner extorted $500,000 from Harold Brown. I wish that Billy were up to suing him for libel for clearly there has never been a more libelous statement written in any local newspaper.
I have the papers on the 75 State Street case which shows no such thing ever happened. Beware of the Boston Globe, it and its columnists are purveyors of lies. John Henry, give us the truth.