The Boston Herald after failing to mention the Huffington Post article that pointed out the questionable relationship between the Boston Globe and Boston U. S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz – you should never have a federal prosecutor in the business of bringing charges based on what is good for a newspaper’s circulation – in its next day coverage told how a conservative group founded by Romney supporters is upset that people in the office of the Boston mayor may have had a hand in assisting the Huffington Post relative to the article.
There was still no mention of the most important point in the Huffington Post story which was the sordid Globe/Ortiz connection. Yet there was a line that was a gem. This line shows how the local media is not interested in the truth but in undermining it. It talked about the public records requests filed with City Hall to have it disclose all connections between the mayor’s office and the Huffington Post. Here is the line about the requests: “One was from The Boston Globe, the other from the Herald; both asked if City Hall staffers were involved in the Huffington Post article.”
That is how our local newspapers act when the truth about our local U.S. attorney is disclosed. They have no intent on following up and doing an examination of her actions to see if they are as bad as alleged. They want to know who is that may have assisted in getting out the truth about her. They change the story from one of the U.S. Attorney using her office to please the Globe to one of the mayor’s office helping a legitimate news source write a story.
Look at it another way. Suppose an article from the Boston Globe was a negative story about the Speaker of the House of Representatives Robert DeLeo. Do you believe the Herald would have been filing public record requests of the Commonwealth seeking to find out who in the State House is contacting the Globe?
What the Herald and the Romney group should be requesting are all emails from the U.S. Attorney between it and the Globe relating to the cases mentioned in the Huffington Post article. They should be demanding it disclose what it has done about the ongoing and endless leaks from its office to the Globe. That is the problem that exists and not whether the mayor’s office is attempting to set the record straight and show what everyone should know by now which is that the Boston Globe is working with the U.S. Attorney to overturn the vote of the people of Boston in electing Mayor Walsh. The Globe did not like the results of the election so it is using the U.S. attorney to change it.
What that gem of a sentence also disclosed was the Globe’s interest in the story. There is no doubt it knew about it as soon as it was written. It quickly went after the mayor’s office while saying nothing about it yet in its own news coverage. The question is will it mention the story. To do so is to give it more life and allow people to question its integrity.
I predicted it will mention it but try to discredit the authors. If it tries to bury it – this is a big story alleging the Boston U.S. attorney is incompetent and playing footsies with that newspaper – that will be more telling because these are serious allegations that must be addressed.
All praise must go to the Huffington Post for daring to take on this subject. That is the duty of the media which is to provide a watch over the government. We in Boston have been deprived of our watchdog because of the relationship between our newspapers and the federal authorities. I cannot think of one negative word that has been written or said about the local U.S. attorney’s office (outside of Dave Boeri at WBUR) or even about the FBI (except Howie Carr’s lament that it had a file on him) especially when its actions after the Marathon Terrorist Attack shouted out that something was amiss.
The issue is now out in the open. Watch to see how it plays out. Will the Globe react as usual and increase the pressure on Ortiz to indict the mayor by requiring its columnists to write more negative things about him? Will Ortiz respond to the criticism by indicting him on some frivolous charge? Or, will the lifting of the lid on the cozy relationship stop the indictment in its planned tracks, and perhaps, turn our local media into responsible news sources?