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Monday, June 14, 2010

I congratulate the Globe for admitting this: Oopsies: Globe sent anti-Israel writer to cover Israeli ambassador's commencement speech at Brandeis [I'm pirating Adam's post in full.]

The Globe yesterday apologized for this news story, written by a freelancer named Michael Corcoran, who has been writing pro-Palestine posts on his blog for about three years now:

Editor's note: A May 24 story about a protest against an Israeli ambassador's commencement speech at Brandeis University was written by a part-time correspondent who failed to disclose that he had previously editorialized in personal Internet posts against Israeli policy toward Palestinians. Globe editors learned of those posts while conducting an internal review of the Brandeis coverage. The correspondent's failure to disclose a conflict violated Globe policy, and he should not have been assigned to cover the event. The story failed to include coverage of the substance of the remarks made by Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, and made no mention of an electronic petition supporting his appearance.

Corcoran has made his blog (on which he covers non-Middle East issues as well) invitation only, but for the next couple of days, you can get a taste of it through Google's cache. He's also purged his Twitter feed.

Via John Carroll, who keeps close tabs on the Globe's corrections.

I recall that when the article came out the lack of coverage of the actual event stood out like a sore thumb but just chalked it up to the usual Globe slant, so it's good to see the Globe do the right thing here.



5 Comments

But how could they tell? All Globe reporters are like that!

I give the Globe zero credit. The damage is done. Almost no one reads corrections. They should check out their reporters BEFORE they report, oh, but they do...and they get the kind of biased reporting they want.

Carroll is no friend of Israel, either.

Anne G. are you thinking of James Carroll?

John Carroll is local media maven. He's a colleague of yours at BU (Journalism? Communications?) and a frequent panelist on Emily Rooney's Beat the Press on Channel 2. "Campaign Outsider" (last link in the quoted post) is his blog.

Former priest James Carroll (Is he still a columnist at the Globe?) is another piece of work.

@mcorcoran3 maybe the Boston Globe can help you investigate the #umassmed #Jews? http://bit.ly/dyOnHa #journalism #hcr

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