Bulger Mania - Has the Boston Globe Gone Overboard?
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The total number of stories are staggering. While Bulger is a colorful mobster, to put it mildly, is literally over 30,000 words through June 27 too many? Add the archive stories the Globe has reported and the total is in excess of 50,000 words - nearly the length of a full book.
The Globe has covered in full articles such aspects as:
"The Mob Guide to Boston" - a picture guide.
15 columns and editorials - four pieces alone by Globe columnist Kevin Cullen.
Four previous special sections about Bulger have been republished going back to 1988 with more than 12 segments.
There are another 30 plus articles on from the Bulger archives.
"The is like Joe Mollicone surrender on steroids. It has been 16 years in the making," said Jeff Derderian, GoLocalProv's media critic and former investigative reporter for WHDH 7 in Boston.
(RI Banker,Joe Mollicone was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to 30 years and required to pay nearly $13 million in penalties and restitution.)
Bulger and the Globe
Bulger, who is alleged to be responsible for 18 murders and his disappearance was riveting. He was rumored to be in Italy, London and New Orleans. Wonder where he was suppose to be hiding, then just check the Globe's graphic of the 14 different location Bulger was rumored to be hiding. But, is the Globe's motivation one of desperation? It has plummeting circulation, a proposed sale a couple years ago generated virtually no offers, and Time Magazine identified the Globe as one of the "10 Most Endangered Newspapers." Time wrote,"losing $1 million a week. One investment bank recently said the paper is worth only $20 million...Last year (2008), ad revenue for the New England properties was down 18%. That is likely to continue or get worse this year."
"Whitey's story of being on the run has captivated Boston for those who thought he would never be caught...and those who hoped he never talks," said Derderian.