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Saturday, January 15, 2005
 

The NYT/Metro nigger-joke story - why now?


The finely chiselled prose has disappeared when my machine kindly crashed.

Cliff Notes version: the joke was told in April 2003; Alex Beam, Globe columnist was told anonymously about it early 2004, thought about writing a piece, but decided he had too little; Rory O'Connor puts out his MediaChannel piece on January 10 2005.

Why the delay? Cui bono?

The main on-the-record source, both for Beam and O'Connor is John Wilpers, formerly Boston Metro editor and now editor of the Washington Examiner, a Philip Anschutz freesheet due for launch in February.

Evidently, Beam didn't think he was enough at the time.

Anschutz has bought the Boston Examiner name - but that surely doesn't explain the story.

The Herald is mad about the NYT Co's proposed acquisition of a 49% stake in the Boston Metro - but where's the connection with Wilpers?

There are dots here a-plenty, but no evidence that I can see on the basis of which to connect them.

Now, I see that Dan Kennedy, who has a good deal of stuff on the subject, has been emailed by - John Wilpers:
...As to one blogger's suggestion that I waited two years and for the NYT-Metro deal to come out about this, I was interviewed by both Rory O'Connor and Alex Beam at least a year ago and haven't spoken to them since other than to get a call last week from O'Connor warning me that he was finally writing the story...

So there.

Kennedy comments:
Wilpers and I actually competed with each other in the early 1980s. He was the editor of a few Boston-area weeklies, among them the Winchester Star. I was the editor of the Woburn Daily Times Chronicle's Winchester edition. You never know.

You never know what? Whether Wilpers is telling the truth? Whether his new rag might work? Jesus!

Extreme Cliff Notes version: I have squat, and await developments. Connect your own dots!


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