Monday, January 28, 2013

Boston Magazine confirms Hohler is the Globe's hatchet man

Boston Magazine posted a great feature on the demise of the Boston Sports media. It is well worth your time and touches on how out of touch and provincial the biggest names can be. But what I found most interesting is that the article pulled back the curtain on how the tough news is covered. The beat guys can't risk access to the coaches and players they cover every day so they turn the hard news and gossip over to Bob Hohler. Although he hasn't put BC in his crosshairs lately, Hohler has written many negative articles on BC in the past.

So when you are wondering how player issues or coaching fights or other newsworthy subjects are ignored by the Globe or Herald, remember that access remains key. Or in a case like Blauds and Spaz, sometimes you just want to go easy on your buddy.


mod34b said...

Who reads the Globe or cares what they say? I don't. In fact, I even refused a free subscription (I did not want to go thru the effort picking the paper off my door step and then throwing it out every day)

Have you listened to Jerry Callahan on WEEI lately? OMG. -- major blow hard and very cynical guy . . . . hard to listen to for long.

and by the way, ATL, do you have any idea why WEEI seemingly pushed out Jon Meterparel, aka MEAT?

Is MEAT still the BC play-by-play radio guy for hoops and football (He's awful for football ... hope they replace him)

Joseph said...

Ok, M34b, when will you ever come up with anything positive about anything? So where do you get your news? Maybe, judging from your postings, you don't, and like being ignorant.

FakeShalomTfree said...

I don't know that Meat was pushed out at WEEI. Unlike the position of head football coach at Boston College, the third man on the D&C show isn't a "destination job."

The Globe and Herald have become irrelevant. Just read the comments, most simply mock the articles. Shaughnessy has become a cynical, out of touch dinosaur, and guys like Cafardo and Abraham are too scared to poke the Red Sox PR machine to produce anything substantial and worth reading.

I realize Boston is a pro-sports city, but I wish they would publish a little more about college sports and less about the Red Sox (who are also on their way to becoming irrelevant)

Tim said...

Can't recall if this is still the case, but for many years, the New York Times company owned the Globe and owned a stake in the Red Sox, too. The Globe's ad nauseum coverage of all things Red Sox is merely a form of advertising.

Joseph said...

Right about ownership stakes by the Times. Wrong about the Red Sox. Even when they had down years of a decade duration, they still drew a good crowd. The Boston press has always given a ton of ink to the Sox. This goes way back and has nothing to do with the Times. Granted that this ownership is very different. Yawkey wanted little in terms of financial gains from owning the Sox, and rarely produced really good teams like the new owners have done. The owners after Yawkey were a bunch of penny pinchers that wanted to make money without producing a good product.
As long as there is MLB Boston will be a baseball town. And, the Red Sox are it.

Just asking, but how do you judge what is worth reading?

FakeShalomTfree said...

Joseph- What I personally judge as worth reading does not matter in the greater scheme of things. I am not an arrogant critic who thinks they are always the target audience for everything. However, I think the Boston Magazine article does a good job distinguishing between modern sports writing (i.e. statistically driven, etc.) and the old Boston institution.

In my opinion (for what its worth), one Red Sox article that should have never been written (and possibly replaced by something BC related) was an article last winter about recently acquired reliever Mark Melancon scuba-diving in the off-season. I think we all could have lived without that one...